Campaigns

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

IAM joins AIAC in Support of Canadian Aerospace

Toronto, On – The IAM joined the AIAC (Aerospace Industries Association of Canada) social media awareness campaign, #ISupportCdnAerospace, launched today. Across the country, IAM members showed their support by distributing their pictures on Twitter, holding the sign which read #ISupportCdnAerospace.     The social media campaign is to generate public awareness of Canada’s aerospace industry in advance of AIAC’s report on the industry – “Vision 20/25 Beyond our Imagination”, to

Calgary, AB – Despite the best efforts by the Calgary Airport Authority, an IAM demonstration against privatizing de-icing services at the airport was an unqualified success. “We had an agreement in place with the airport authority to walk two by two inside the terminal and set up at each doorway to hand out information about the proposed centralized De-Icing Pad and a single use provider,” explained IAM Transportation District Lodge

IAM opposes Calgary Airport plans to privatize de-icing facilities

Saturday March 23, 2019 For Immediate Release Calgary, AB – The IAM is adamantly opposed to plans by the Calgary Airport Authority to legislate a single operator to deice all departing aircraft at the Calgary International Airport. This essentially is privatizing de-icing services at the airport and could result in the loss of hundreds of jobs. “The plan is to put the service out to tender and the winning bid

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s Fate (CATSA): One Step Closer to Privatization

Ottawa, ON – The federal budget contained an important piece of information that was hidden deep within the 400 page document; the possibility of privatizing CATSA. It’s an issue that the IAMAW has lobbied on offering solutions that would ensure better services to the public as well as ensuring cost-efficiency. The information contained in the budget was scarce, leaving much to speculation signaling the possibility of privatizing CATSA should the

Safran on board with IAM National Aerospace Strategy

Peterborough, ON – “This employer is on board with the IAM Report on a National Aerospace Strategy, they will endorse it,” said a satisfied IAM Canada Chief of Staff Gord Falconer. He made the comment after touring Safran Electronics and Defense facility in Peterborough and Safran Landing Systems plant in Ajax. The tour by Falconer, IAM Research Director Ivana Saula – author of the report – IAM Grand Lodge Representative

Ottawa invests over $2 billion in our space program

Ottawa, ON – Hot on the heels of the CLC and IAM lobby on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the Liberal government announced an historic $2 billion funding plan for Canadian partnership in the NASA-led Lunar Gateway program (known as the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOP-G). While the IAM can’t take credit for the surprise announcement, we know that having a strong and consistent presence in Ottawa brings results in interesting ways.

Pickthall unveils IAM National Aerospace Strategy in B.C.

Richmond, BC – IAM Canada continued with its campaign to create a national aerospace strategy.  On consecutive days beginning February 20th, the IAM toured two aerospace plants where we represent workers to discuss the IAM Strategy document, “Grounded Potential’, with members and management of those companies. Stan Pickthall, Ron Fontaine, Fred Hospes, Tania Canniff, and Steward Jim Mathieson met with over 300 IAM members in their MTU workplace to discuss

Taking our message to the Hill

Ottawa, ON – More than 350 union and political activists, including 72 IAM members, roamed the offices of 200 MP’s and Senators on Parliament Hill this week lobbying for a national Pharmacare Plan, Pension Reform, and Labour Law Reform. The IAM members also lobbied the politicians to support the call for a National Aerospace Strategy. IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall and IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand were front