Once Upon a Time in Chile (and Scotland)

Often, as a member of a trade union, we are asked, “What good does a union ever do?” Well, apart from better wages, better working conditions, vacations, and benefits – not much – well here is a wee story. On sept 11th 1973 the was a military coup in Chile. The country was overtaken by a military junta, who then proceeded to murder and torture people whom they considered subversive.

"Service to the Community" in action

Despite hardships local lodges continue to face during this pandemic, the spirit of IAM’s motto, Justice on the job, Service to the Community is unbreakable. Evidenced by several initiatives by locals to serve their community, their actions of kindness and generosity are glimmers of hope in otherwise dire circumstances. The unrelenting commitment speaks to the kind of community the IAM is, in our own time of need, we find it

Transforming lives through partnerships with service dogs

We hope you and your family are all well. As you know, due to the coronavirus, we had to cancel the 40th Annual William W. Winpisinger Las Vegas Charity Banquet. The banquet serves as a celebration for the year-long fundraising efforts achieved by devoted companies and individuals across the United States and Canada. In addition to being a celebration, it also serves as a significant fundraiser for Guide Dogs of

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

LL2323 Women's Committee fundraiser

Choose from a variety of patterns of reusable and washable100% woven cotton masks – 1 for $10 or 3 for $25. Join us in raising money for the Sick Kids Foundation! 100% of the proceeds will go to the Sick Kids Foundation For details and selection of a pattern, contact Pascale Forrester #women #COVID19 @iamaw2323

Lighting Hope – LL 2323 Young Machinists Raise Funds for Women’s Shelters

The domestic and intimate partner violence predicted by many advocates due to the COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be well-founded. Incidences of domestic violence appear to be triple what they normally are. The pandemic, which obliges more people to stay at home together, makes a bad situation even worse. The Young/New Machinists Committee of Local 2323 are thinking globally and acting locally. They are fundraising to help deal with the

Despite Flood and Fire – The Story of IAM LL99 member Des Doerksen (and friends)

5 May 2020 Fort McMurray, AB – How much disaster can a person handle? Ask Desmond (Des) Doerksen. He’s a member of IAM Local 99 in Alberta and he lost three houses in the last four years – two to floods and one to fire. Des lost his first home during the great fires in Fort McMurray in 2016. Ironically, it wasn’t fire that destroyed his house, but water. Due

Asian Heritage Month

Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about the many achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian descent who, throughout our history, have done so much to make Canada the amazing country we share today. The theme for Asian Heritage Month 2020, “Asian Canadians: United in Diversity”, was inspired by the long and rich history of these Canadians who continue, even today, to enrich our country and make it

A birthday to remember during the times of COVID-19

Calgary, AB – On Wednesday, April 22, Kevin Timms, District Lodge 140 General Chairperson, and approximately 20 other IAM Local 1681 members from Calgary Airport came together and did a drive-by Birthday Parade to wish Brother Donald Carmichael’s son Oscar a Happy Birthday. Oscar was showered with presents and $20 bills – all thrown onto the front lawn from a comfortable distance. It was a wonderful experience, and all were

LL2323 Young Machinists hard at it again!

20 April, 2020 For immediate release Toronto, ON – The Young Machinists (also known as New Machinists) are back at work. This time they’re raising awareness – and raising money. And it’s all for the community Nicole Tappenden, an active member and a steward for her local, came up with the idea with the Young Machinists and her local quickly joined in. They are producing Thank You Cookie-Grahams to those