Machinists’ News

IAM Canada grabs largest organizing victory in decades!

Toronto, ON – There was nothing small about this campaign. The numbers of new members – 2,400, the numbers of meetings held over a six day period with these members – 38, the strength of the proven track record of representation for workers: it all adds up to make the IAM a major player in Ontario’s Health Care Sector. When Spectrum Health Care announced it was merging its two divisions

IAM fact finding tour to France termed successful!

Paris, France – For three days, a Québec IAM delegation met with representatives of French aerospace workers, including those of Airbus, seeking common ground to meet the challenges ahead. The visit to France was considered essential in the wake of Airbus obtaining a majority stake in the Bombardier C-Series program. “We went there looking for possible collaborations between our union and theirs,” explained IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand. “We came

Spring site visit tours Vancouver and the Island

Victoria, BC – Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall made his first western Canada site visits of the year to Vancouver and Victoria, B.C. Automotive is one of the IAM’s fastest growing sectors in British Columbia and one of the Union’s strongest areas is in the provincial capital of Victoria. District 250 Directing Business Representative Walter Gerlach and DL 250 Business Representative John Humphrey toured three Victoria dealerships with Pickthall

UNITE HERE draws support from International Unions

Toronto, ON – Members of UNITE HERE Local 75 received a collective boost of support from International Unions including the IAM in their contract squabble with Royal York Fairmont Hotel. More than two hundred labour allies took part in the rally organized by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) during rush hour in downtown Toronto, Monday. The purpose of the rally was to demonstrate to the Royal York Fairmount Hotel management

Boeing drops appeal of Bombardier decision

Montréal, QC – Boeing Aircraft has dropped its appeal of the United States International Trade Commission decision that the Bombardier C Series sale of 75 aircraft to Delta Airlines did not injure the U.S. aircraft giant. “It’s about time,” said a jubilant IAM Canadian GVP Stan Pickthall. “IAM members in Québec and across Canada have had enough of this dispute between two corporations.” “Now that this stage is behind us,

Singh vows to fight airport privatization

Toronto, ON – Federal New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Signh told IAM members employed at Toronto’s Pearson airport he will fight airport privatization on their behalf. Singh accepted a petition signed by more than six thousand IAM members from across the country who are opposed to the federal government’s idea of privatizing 18 Canadian airports to raise funds for infrastructure projects. Singh told more than 100 IAM airport workers today,

NDP to take IAM anti-airport privatization petition to Ottawa

Toronto, ON – Today the largest union in Canada’s air transport sector – the IAM – handed over an anti-airport privatization petition to the NDP leader Jagmeet Singh. The IAM wants Singh to take the petition, signed by more than 6,000 IAM members, to Ottawa to show the Prime Minister and Parliament that there is significant opposition to the idea and it should be stopped.  

IAM passes petition to stop airport privatization to NDP

Toronto, ON – Today the IAM handed over its “stop airport privatization petition” to federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh. More than six thousand IAM members from across Canada signed a petition calling on the Liberal government to stop airport privatization. Speaking to IAM members at IAM Local Lodge 2323 today near Pearson Airport, IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall, said the privatization proposal is short sighted and cost members

CATSA needs proper funding – IAM submission on Bill C-49

Ottawa, ON – The IAM says the federal government should provide the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) with proper funding in order to shorten passenger wait times at security screening. It was just one of the recommendations in the IAM Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications on Bill C-49, an act to amend the Canada Transportation Act, tabled today. As part of their ticket, every

IAM generosity to Montréal’s Old Brewery Mission continues to grow!

Montréal, QC – The IAM motto is justice on the job and service to the community and nowhere in Montréal is that more evident than in the Union’s support of the Old Brewery Mission. Established in 1888, the Old Brewery Mission has provided emergency services and support for the less fortunate, shelter for the homeless and resources for women in the Montréal area. “We took up the cause to support