Campaigns

GVP Pickthall updates LL 2921 Executive on Airport Privatization

Mississauga, ON – IAM Canadian General Vice-President Stan Pickthall met with the Executive Board of IAM Local Lodge 2921 on July 20th to talk about Political Action and the issue of airport privatization that is looming over Canadian airports. “Many of our Locals are rallying against the privatization of airports and Local Lodge 2921 is working hard to get signatures on our petition to stop the Liberal government from moving

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WestJet campaign enters phase two!

On June 29th, the IAM announced the second phase of its campaign to organize the Customer Service Representatives and Aircraft Mechanical Engineers at WestJet. Phase one concentrated on Toronto and Calgary and we are expanding our efforts across the entire country. For the uninitiated, joining a union raises a number of questions. Do I have the right to join a union? If I sign a union card will it be

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The State of the Unions at Chalk River

On Monday June 5th, Jonathan Fitzpatrick, along with Bob Walker (PWU), Steven Schumann (IUOE), Matt Wayland (IBEW) and Stephen Eadie (Robertson, Eadie and Associates) met with representatives of the Prime Ministers’ Office, Treasury Board, and NRCan to discuss the request for CNL employees to remain in the Public Service Pension Plan beyond 2018 September. This was the second meeting with government officials; the first round of meetings took place the

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IAM campaign to organize WestJet takes off!

Thursday June 29, 2017 For Immediate Release Toronto, ON – The IAM campaign to organize WestJet Customer Service Agents and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers across Canada has entered its next phase. “The culture at WestJet has changed,” said IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 Organizer Sam Jabbar. “WestJet employees are telling us that the days of a family atmosphere in their workplace have gone, replaced by a corporate attitude that’s only interested

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Pickthall tells OPCM, Ontario Bill 148 doesn’t go far enough

Toronto, ON – “All the people in this room should be proud of the work they have done to make changes to Ontario Labour laws a reality but I’m here to tell you that our work isn’t done yet,” explained IAM Canadian GVP Stan Pickthall. Speaking to delegates at the 56th conference of the Ontario Council of Machinists, Pickthall said the changes to the Ontario Employment Standards Act and the

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Ontario Bill 148: The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017

By Lou Pagrach – IAM Grand Lodge Representative for political Action The Special Advisors to the Changing Workplaces Review have released a 419-page Final Report. A Summary Report has also been issued. The Report, which proposes amendments to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 and Labour Relations Act, 1995, contains 173 recommendations. In 2015 Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn initiated the Changing Workplaces Review by appointing C. Michael Mitchell and John

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ITUC Response to US Announcement on Paris Agreement

Following the announcement by the President Trump that the US would withdraw from fulfilling its international obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement, the international trade union movement has expressed its concerns for the impacts delayed climate action in the US will have on working people there and across the globe. “The decision of the Trump administration to withdraw from the Paris Agreement sets back united action on climate and risks

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Pickthall letter to Trudeau, Garneau

Toronto, June 1, 2017 Prime Minister of Canada The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada Langevin Block Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A2   Prime Minister: The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) represents over 400,000 workers including 40,000 in Canada. We are the largest union in the air transport sector in Canada. We are writing this letter to you because of the great concern our

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IAM continues fight for changes in Ontario labour law

In 2015 Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn initiated the Changing Workplaces Review to undertake the largest review of Ontario’s labour laws conducted for decades and report back to the Minister. The review was to consider issues brought about, in part, by the growth of precarious employment. The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has made important recommendations to the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act. The IAM believes that it is crucial to

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Anti-Airport Privatization Campaign

As of June 1, 2017, the IAM will kick off our national “Anti-Airport Privatization” campaign with the support of all Local Lodges within District Lodge 140. Our preparations for this campaign began at the recent IAM Transportation Conference held on April 2017. Delegates discussed the reasons why privatizing airports is bad for our members, the flying public, and the national airlines in Canada, and developed a unified message to deliver

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