COVID-19

Expert Advisory Panel making recommendations on first steps to reopening of travel

Last week, the COVID-19 Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel released recommendations concerning land and border measures and a gradual reopening of air travel. The IAM has been monitoring the situation very closely and expects an announcement based on the recommendations from the Federal Government within days. “We are cautiously optimistic that the government will follow the recommendations of their Expert Advisory Panel and slowly reopen the borders when it’s

W3 Center re-opens August 1 - Canadians can still learn online

To all Canadian members of the IAM The Machinists Union is proud to announce the return of in-person learning at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center (W3 Center) in Hollywood, MD beginning August 1, 2021. All education was suspended since March 2020 for the safety of members and for staff. “Education of officers, members and staff has always been an imperative focus of the Machinists Union, and nowhere

Winpisinger Center to Welcome In-Person Learning with Safety Protocols on August 1

The Machinists Union is proud to announce the return of in-person learning at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center (W3 Center) in Hollywood, MD beginning August 1, 2021. For the safety of the membership and staff, the flagship union training facility was forced to suspend classes in March 2020. “Education of officers, members and staff has always been an imperative focus of the Machinists Union, and nowhere does

GVP Stan Pickthall Remarks – Day of Mourning 2021

Sisters and Brothers, I hope this finds you well. April 28th is our National Day of Mourning. It’s a day when we remember those who lost their lives or were injured as the result of a workplace tragedy. This is particularly painful at this time for IAM members of Local Lodge 99 and District 14 in Alberta, who recently saw a member lose his life in a workplace accident. In

Are Digital Passports the key to future air travel?

In March 2021, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its digital passport – an app that will link a traveller’s passport with records of their pre-flight coronavirus tests and vaccinations to help revive air travel. IATA has been working globally with industry trade groups, airlines, governments and the World Health Organization to streamline the tool to ensure it meets the minimum standards set forth by the regulating bodies in

GVP Stan Pickthall on the COVID-19 pandemic

March 11, 2021 Attention: All Local Lodges, District Loges and Staff Sisters and Brothers: Today marks exactly one year since the World Health Organization declared a worldwide pandemic. I am certain we can all reflect on the sweeping changes that this has brought forth; both in our workplaces and in our personal lives. I simply wanted to take this moment to consider and respect those who lost their lives to

The future of the aerospace industry in the hands of the federal government - Chartrand

For immediate release Montreal March 9th, 2021 – After a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian aerospace industry is in serious trouble and may not survive without federal intervention. Called to testify before the Industry, Science and Technology Committee, the IAMAW called for a short-term assistance plan to help the aerospace industry recover quickly from the crisis and the implementation of a long-term pan-Canadian aerospace policy. “We are talking

Questions about vaccines and vaccinations

Sisters and Brothers: It has now been one year since there was a worldwide pandemic call respecting COVID-19. In that context, there has been a great deal in the news over recent weeks about the availability of vaccines. We now know there are four (4) separate vaccines that will be made available to the public as vaccine rollout occurs across Canada. This has led to a number of questions being

Re: the crisis facing workers in Canada’s air travel and tourism sector

February 24, 2021 The Honourable Omar Alghabra Minister of Transport House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6 The Honourable Carla Qualtrough Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6 The Honourable Chrystia Freeland Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6   Dear Honourable Ministers: Re: the crisis facing workers in Canada’s air travel and tourism sector