Campaigns

Once again Machinists field largest group in CLC Lobby

Ottawa, ON – Tuesday morning 320 CLC delegates will descend upon MP’s on Parliament Hill for the largest Canadian Labour Congress lobby on record and once again the dominant group will come from the IAM. This time 65 Machinists will lobby parliamentarians on the need for a National Pharmacare plan, pay equity, employment insurance and pension reform to protect worker’s pensions during bankruptcy proceedings. Pension reform is of particular interest

Team effort produces organizing win for Machinists

Thursday February 1, 2018 For Immediate Release   Vancouver, BC – “This was a tremendous team effort drawing upon the resources and the expertise of IAM District Lodges 140, 250 and Local Lodge 764,” said IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 President and General Chairperson Fred Hospes. Workers at Sage Parts at Vancouver International airport are the newest members of the IAM. “I couldn’t be more delighted,” said IAM Local Lodge

The race to the bottom is not where we want to be in this country!

Montréal, QC – “The race to the bottom is not where we want to be in this country,” stated Employment Minister Patty Hajdu at the end of a round table consultation with representatives of the IAM, CLC and other unions concerning changes to the federal Labour Code. The Minister spoke of how the Code needed updating to reflect current economics and work place environments. “Our biggest concern is the issue

Across the country Canadians join global women’s marches

Toronto, On – We’re back, more determined than ever and popping up in more places than last year – we’re speaking of the second coordinated round, of Women’s protest marches. In 38 communities across Canada, women demonstrated to proclaim messages of inclusion, equality and empowerment. Last year it was in response to Donald Trump’s boasts of sexual misconduct and his divisive policies that fueled the movement. This year it was

Tim Horton’s rolls up the grim!

Toronto, On – Tim Hortons, the iconic Canadian coffee retailer, is in the throes of a public relations disaster in Ontario. On January 1st, the Ontario government raised the minimum wage to $14.00 an hour and numerous Tim Horton outlets including two owned by heirs to the donut empire, Ron Joyce Jr and Jeri Lyn Horton-Joyce, immediately took punitive measures against their employees. They began to eliminate workers paid breaks,

It’s that time of year again for a Federal Lobby!!

Over the last few years, the IAM has been the major participant in the CLC Parliament Hill Lobby Days. Let’s continue to hit above our weight and make Lobby Days 2018 even more successful! Four topics are being considered for inclusion in the lobby day; including pharmacare, pay equity, pension and bankruptcy reform, and employment insurance. The registration is now open for the CLC lobby day on February 6, 2018.

Bill 148 Update: a long overdue Reform for Ontario Workers!

With the adoption and Royal Assent of Bill 148, changes to the Employment Standard Act (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act (LRA), workers in Ontario will enjoy many work related improvements and see their working conditions improve significantly. These major changes came about due to a lot of pressure on the current Liberal government by organized labour. Although some of our suggested changes did not make it to the final

Screener Unions request meetings with Transport and Labour Ministers

Toronto, ON – Increased service pressures, airport privatization and successor rights in the event of a contract flip are areas of serious concern for Canada’s 6,000 airport pre-board security screeners. These issues top the agenda of a meeting the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the United Steelworkers (USW) have requested with the Minister of Transport – Marc Garneau, and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu. The two unions

Private Member’s Bill introduced to save Workers’ pensions!

Ottawa, ON – It was somewhat fitting on the 150th anniversary of Canada’s first Parliament, NDP Finance Critic Scott Duvall introduced a Private Member’s Bill to save workers’ pensions. “This bill is designed to amend the Company’s Creditors Arrangement Act which currently permits legalized theft of workers’ pensions when an employer files for bankruptcy,” Duvall told a crowd of protestors on the steps of Parliament Hill. “When it comes to

Garda Screening Point Managers can join the IAM

Toronto, ON – The Canada Industrial Relations Board has told Garda Security Screening Inc. that its Screening Point Managers (SPM’s) at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport have the right to join the IAM. The decision stems from unfair labour practices filed with the board against Garda by IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 last month. The board also ordered Garda to reinstate IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Barrington Burnett who