Decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives. It involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men.
The IAM represents workers in a large number of diverse industries and sector of the Canadian economy. One is mining. While in Canada, we represent workers who have a variety of skills, and who expertise makes mining possible, we don’t have any members employed as miners, directly. Our members do however maintain and manufacture the equipment used in the mining sector. There are many mining sites that use the services
The next few months will make a big difference to Ontario workers. Ontario is reviewing its labour and employment laws, with recommendations expected soon. If we want MPPs to support decent work in Ontario we need to tell them what workers need, and we need to tell them now. MPPs need to know that it must be easier for workers to join and keep a union, and how to set
Ottawa, ON – Meetings here between union lobbyists and MP’s last week concerning saving the pension plan of workers at the Atomic Energy of Canada facilities in Chalk River, Ontario and Pinawa, Manitoba, had a common yet disturbing thread. “While the overall response to our concerns was positive, most of the MP’s we talked to didn’t know this was an issue affecting employees until we told them,” explained IAM Grand
Toronto, ON – Ontario’s labour laws are set for review this year and there is a lot on the line. It has been 20 years since labour laws were re-opened in Ontario and that was under a Mike Harris government, when many of the gains made during the province’s first-ever NDP government were rolled back. This year, the Ontario government appointed two Special Advisors to head up a “Changing Workplaces
More than 20 years after signing on to the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the ways it has failed working Canadians are very clear. Canadians were told that NAFTA would create good jobs, shared prosperity, and a better future for working people. Instead, far from generating good jobs and prosperity, NAFTA has undermined secure, well-paid employment and devastated manufacturing and processing industries and the communities that depend on them. While
Bill C-27: A step backwards in providing retirement income security for Canadians. Content of Bill C-27, An Act to amend the Pension Benefit Standards Act (1985) This Bill amends the current Pension Benefit Standards Act (PBSA) to allow for the establishment of target benefit (TB) pension plans in the federal sector. It also permits permit the purchase of life annuities for former members and survivors of currently established defined benefit
December 12, 2016 To: Canadian Council and EI/UI Ad-Hoc Committee Dear Sisters and Brothers: Re: New EI Regulations on One Week Waiting Period We’re writing to inform you of a change in Employment Insurance regulations that may affect your members. In Budget 2016, the federal government announced that the EI waiting period would be reduced from two weeks to one week as of January 1, 2017. This
By Aurélie Sarrabezolles IAM Research Director for Canada On June 20, 2016, the Federal Government and the finance ministers of eight provinces agreed to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), starting on January 1, 2019, and to be fully implemented by 2025. The provinces of Quebec and Manitoba did not sign the agreement. This article in an overview of the reform. Another article with practical examples will follow.
June 6, 2016 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 difficult times and we must work to assist the less fortunate in our communities to manage their lives with dignity. Unions represent workers … and do so much more.