Campaigns

2019 United Way Campaign

July 11, 2019 To: Recording Secretaries of IAM Local Lodges in Canada I am writing to endorse and encourage the support of your Local Lodge membership for the United Way Campaign in your community. These are tough times and we simply cannot allow the less fortunate in our communities to suffer because of the impact of the new global economy. Unions represent workers…and more. Our IAM Local Lodges continuously devote

Why Pharmacare?

By Derek Ferguson, GLR, Political Action In February 2019, in conjunction with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), seventy-five IAMAW political action activists travelled to Ottawa to lobby Parliament on issues important to our membership including the need for a public, national pharmacare program. On June 12, 2019, the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare released its final report, A Prescription for Canada: Achieving Pharmacare for All. The Advisory

Why Pharmacare?

3.5 million Canadians can’t afford the medication they need. Our video tells the true story of what this meant for one Cambridge, Ontario family. Because of the cost of a pill, Judy and Gary Pope faced an impossible choice: keep their family home, or pay for medication that would prolong Judy’s life. Watch their story, and then add your voice to our call for a universal prescription drug plan for

IAM bolsters the picket line of striking Rainforest Café workers!

Niagara Falls, ON – Patrons of the Rain Forest Café got more than their lunch over the weekend with a surprise visit by more than 100 IAM members of the Ontario Provincial Council of Machinists. The OPCM members marched through the restaurant in support of striking members of the Workers United Canada.   The OPCM invited the workers to attend their convention in Niagara Falls. Workers United representatives spoke to

IAM CATSA lobby reaps dividends in House Question Period!

Ottawa, ON – Less than a week after IAM lobby seeking changes to the CATSA Dispute Resolution Process, the Liberal government came under fire in the House of Commons question period asking for those changes. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) legislation subjects airport screening officers across Canada to an unfair Dispute Resolution Process that is arbitrary and infringes on the most basic of principles in labour relations –

What is fairness – The CATSA Petition?

Toronto, ON – Passengers using Toronto’s Pearson International Airport are being asked to sign the IAM CATSA petition to amend the Canadian Air Transportation Security Act. It’s the legislation that gives the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), ultimate and unchallenged authority over workers employed as airport pre-board security screeners at airports across Canada. Screening officers are certified by CATSA in the performance of their duties under a recurrent learning

Labour Conditions at Pearson need to improve!

Toronto, ON – Members of the International Transport Federation from four continents gathered in Toronto this week to discuss problems facing airport workers around the world. One of the biggest concerns is worker safety. The Toronto Airport Workers Council has made great strides in convincing airport management and employers that workers need to have their voices heard in discussions concerning worker safety at Pearson. The Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA)

Employee turnover at Pearson reaches 160 per cent with contract flipping!

Toronto, ON – Contract flipping at Toronto’s Pearson Airport is so bad that the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) has introduced a new set of employee retention standards for service providers who practice contract flipping. Speaking to delegates at a two day conference sponsored by the International Transport Federation and the Toronto Airport Workers Council, IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Mike Corrado, said companies who practice contract flipping

Day of Mourning

April 28 is a Day of Mourning for thousands of Canadian workers killed or injured on the job each year, or who die from work-related diseases. On this day, we mourn, but it is also a time to insist that all levels of government do more to enforce existing health and safety laws and vigorously prosecute violations when a worker is killed or seriously injured. The labour movement worked for

The CATSA Conundrum – We need a better process!

Toronto, ON – These are frustrating times for IAM members employed in federal airport security screening responsibilities. While the IAM supports the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) in its work to protect the safety and security of the public as well as national security, we can’t ignore when its processes continually infringe on the most basic rights of our members. Screening officers are certified by CATSA in the performance