Campaigns

Federal Government Should “Absolutely” Support Canada’s Airlines

October 2, 2020 – “The Federal Government should absolutely support Canada’s airline and air transportation industry!” This was the unequivocal statement of Stan Pickthall, Canadian General Vice President of the Machinists Union (IAM). “This is a position we have taken throughout the pandemic, and one that we have published in two releases on our website.” September 25: Feds must support air transportation now September 30: Crisis in Air transport and Aerospace – The

Feds Must Support Air Transportation Now!

In this week’s Throne Speech the federal government announced they would be providing “further support” for industries that have been the hardest hit, including travel and tourism. “Covid-19 has devastated our members and their families, particularly in the transportation industry. We need more than just talk of support. We need action, and we need it now.” That was the response from IAM Air Transportation Coordinator Keith Aiken. Also announced this

IAM joins legal challenge to Bill 195

The IAM has joined several affiliate unions under the umbrella of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) to coordinate, and mount a legal challenge to Bill 195. Bill 195, “Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020”, which received  Royal Assent July 21, 2020, replaced the provincial emergency declaration made earlier in March gave the Ford Conservative government the power to change, revoke, and extend emergency measures to cabinet,

Add Your Voice - Include a Child Care Plan that works for working families

Hi all — We know that families in your community are anxious as they make the decision to send their children back to school or to further their education from home. Families with small children will have to decide whether-or-not to place small children in childcare or struggle to return to work without adequate child care in place. Governments across the country have recognized that in order for Canadians to

Time Is Running Out to Support the Aerospace Industry - Alarm Bells Getting Louder

Canada has been a leader in aerospace for decades; we are renowned for our contribution and expertise in maintenance and repair overhaul, research and development, and perhaps most notably, the Canadarm of the Space Shuttle, Dextre of the International Space Shuttle, and state of the art satellite communication platforms. Stan Pickthall, the General Vice President of IAMAW Canada stressed that, “The aerospace industry is part of our international business profile;

Long-overdue Ontario healthcare wage subsidies a good step, but workers need more says IAM Union

For immediate release 25 April, 2020 The Ontario government’s announcement on wage subsidies for all frontline healthcare workers was welcome news to the IAM Union, which has been advocating for this long before the pandemic started. The subsidy provides four dollars per hour worked on top of existing hourly wages, regardless of the qualified employee’s hourly wage. Further, employees working over 100 hours per month will receive lump-sum payments of

Working for the Community (CLC Campaign)

To: Members of the CLC Canadian Council Greetings, I hope this email finds you well. The Canadian Labour Congress is pleased to share with you that we will be launching an important new project to pay tribute to Canada’s essential workers this coming May Day. We will need your help to make it a success. This campaign aims to spotlight workers in various sectors who are helping to keep our

#PhysicalDistancing - Three tweets from Dr. Teresa Tam, The Chief Public Health Office

Dr. Teresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada is suggesting a more accurate term to use in these times of crisis. Words are important because they can also dictate our behaviour. 1/3 Ok Canada, you said it #PhysicalDistancing is the new #SocialDistancing! We need to ↑ physical distance but NOT ↓ our virtual social interactions. Therefore, going forward I will be using #PhysicalDistancing. #COVID19 #TogetherApart 2/3 Practice #PhysicalDistancing

Keep Workers Safe - Letter to your elected representatives

Hi all, With the ever-increasing number of cases of Covid-19 here in Ontario and the very strict requests being made by all levels of government to stay home unless you provide an essential service, it is increasingly difficult to follow the ever-changing recommendations of the Officers of Health.​ Most of the government appears to be looking at this from a health care perspective and yet there are other workers that

Useful Numbers 2020 - by Ivana Saula

USEFUL NUMBERS FOR 2020 PENSIONS 1. OLD AGE SECURITY BENEFIT (Monthly, at age 65, January 2020) $ 613.53 (regardless of marital status) Adjusted quarterly to CPI (in January, April, July and October) OAS/GIS can be deferred up to 5 years (to age 70), with an increase of 0.60% for each month of deferral Pension indexation rate for 2020 is 2% Following increases to CPI, OAS benefit will increase by 0.0%