The Journal

Manitoba Unions Lead the Way

This week’s court ruling by Manitoba Queens Bench Justice McKelvey found that the Pallister Conservative Government’s Bill 28 – “The Public Services Sustainability Act” was unconstitutional and a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and a circumvention of workers’ rights to collective bargaining. This controversial legislation was introduced in 2017 and never proclaimed into law. The government acted as if it was law, by mandating a two-year wage

2018 Transport Report - Canada by Carlos DaCosta

This report was presented by Carlos Dacosta at the District 140 Convention in Halifax in October 2018 In the past 12 years, I’ve had the privilege of assisting Locals and DL 140 by providing information and guidance in dealing with issues within the air transport sector. Here are some highlights for the past year: Air Transport Industry: In the past decade transportation has been making gradual changes and yet it

Québec Machinists partake in QFL visit of National Assembly

Québec City, QC – For a second consecutive year and taking advantage of the international Workers ‘ Day, a group of more than 100 Québec Federation of Labour (QFL) activists, including 11 IAM members, met on Tuesday with members of the National Assembly of Quebec to raise awareness about Their concerns. Activists from all sectors of activity and members of affiliated unions had programmed exchanges with the parliamentarians of the

OPCM gets better and better

Toronto, ON – There are three Machinists Councils in Canada, the Maritime Machinists Council, the Quebec Machinists Council and the Ontario Machinist Council or OPCM and this past weekend, the OPCM celebrated its 56th conference. It began with a welcoming speech from Jim McDowell – President of the Peel Region Labour Council. The conference came on the heels of the changes to the Ontario Employment Standards Act and the Ontario

Babineaux bids communicators farewell!

Austin, Tex – Outgoing IAM General Vice President Dianne Babineaux gave her final address to IAM Communicators this morning at the 2017 IAM Communications Conference. She told the 125 delegates, including 20 from Canada, that all of them are a big part of the Union’s success. “It will be tough to retire but I see only great things ahead from all of you,” she said. Adding to the conference theme

Site visits continue with positive results

“The things that continually impress me with every site visit is the pride our members take in their jobs, the expertise they possess and the variety of products they provide,” explained IAM Canadian GVP Stan Pickthall. “We toured the Autoliv plant in Markham, north of Toronto, and the members of IAM Local Lodge 2113 were so proud to show me just what they build. A lot of the electronic components

Aviation Safety Submission to Tran Commitee

Submission to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities on Aviation Safety Who we are The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is the largest union in the air transport sector in Canada and in North America. The IAM represents over 50,000 members across Canada, of which 20,000 work in the aviation, aerospace and air transportation sector. We represent over 500,000 members in North America. In the airport

“Designing an Alternative: A Response to Right-Wing Populism”

On Saturday, 18 March, 2017, Hamilton, Ontario hosted an intriguing day-long discussion on alternatives to the waves of right-wing populism sweeping the world. Organised by the Hamilton-Mountain NDP Riding Association, “Designing an Alternative: A Response to Right-Wing Populism” featured speakers and discussions with the audience. 11 IAM members and staff attended. Six guests spoke on a range of topics, including “The Problem with Liberalism”, “Bernie Would Have Won”, “Environmental Inequality”,

Five Federal By-elections this spring

There will be five federal be-elections this spring held on April 3, 2017. Two of the ridings, Calgary Heritage and Calgary Midnapore are in Alberta, Markham-Thornhill and Ottawa-Vanier are in Ontario with Saint-Laurent in Quebec. Adavanced voting days are March 24, 25,26 and 27, 2017. All Machinists members resident in these ridings are encouraged to exorcise their democratic right and cast their vote. -30-