Machinists’ News

COVID19 Impact on the Aerospace Industry

During the Pandemic While the air transportation industry has usually been resilient in the wake of major disruptions and crises, it is questionable that air transportation will be able to recovery as quickly as it has in the past. Airlines are running out of liquidity making bankruptcies, consolidations and even nationalization a possibility.  All of this this will inevitably affect civil aircraft manufacturing, supply chains and aftermarket support businesses. The

Letter to Trudeau: Wage Subsidy Program: Canadian Workers’ Lifeline – Not to be Taken Away

July 7, 2020 By Email: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Dear Mr. Trudeau:   Re:       Wage Subsidy Program: Canadian Workers’ Lifeline – Not to be Taken Away I am writing to you today on behalf of 50,000 active and retired Canadian members of the Machinists Union. At the outset, I wish to acknowledge your government for the

Another IAMAW Scholarship winner success story (continued)

Anna Fei was an IAM Scholarship winner in 2012. She is the daughter of Zemming, is a Customer Service Agent with Air Canada in Calgary and a member of Local Lodge 1681. The supplemental monies from the IAM Scholarship Fund went towards helping Anna with the costs of her university law degree. She persevered and completed her studies with a little help from the IAM. “We are very proud of

To Heather and Ron, in Solidarity and Friendship (from Stan Pickthall)

30 June, 2020 Today is bittersweet. We are saying farewell to two dear friends and colleagues from our Canadian IAM Staff – Sister Heather Kelley and Brother Ron Fontaine are moving on to their much-deserved retirement. And it is not without some misgivings that we see them go forward to the next chapter of their lives. But I know it is “fare well” and not goodbye. Both of them have

Canada Day message from Stan Pickthall

Sisters and Brothers,   At the midpoint of the year 2020, we find ourselves in the most challenging of times. On Canada Day, let’s celebrate our nation’s birthday together – even when we are physically apart.    I wish all our members a safe and happy holiday as we kick off the summer season.    In solidarity,   Stan Pickthall  General Vice President IAMAW Canada

Lack of PSWs Related to Canada’s Death Rate in LTC Being Highest Amongst 16 OECD Countries

The Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) recently released a comparative study of long-term care across 16 OECD countries, (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), with clear findings that Canada’s long-term care system fared worse than most. This study is yet another indicator of the magnitude of the crisis in long term care. Perhaps most concerning is that Canada’s death rate in long term care facilities was the highest amongst

Time Is Running Out to Support the Aerospace Industry - Alarm Bells Getting Louder

Canada has been a leader in aerospace for decades; we are renowned for our contribution and expertise in maintenance and repair overhaul, research and development, and perhaps most notably, the Canadarm of the Space Shuttle, Dextre of the International Space Shuttle, and state of the art satellite communication platforms. Stan Pickthall, the General Vice President of IAMAW Canada stressed that, “The aerospace industry is part of our international business profile;

Black Lives Matter!

“Black Lives Matter! Make no mistake about it. When people respond with “All Lives Matter” they ignore the systemic racism embedded in our society and brush away the difficult conversations we should have when dealing with the issues of racism and privilege. On behalf of all Canadian Machinists, I stand in Rock Solid unity with Sisters and Brothers of all races. Together, we overcome!” Stan Pickthall, IAM Canadian General Vice-President

IAM Women – important discussions and a fond farewell

As workplaces re-open and our members go back to work, the IAMAW continues to have discussions about challenges and needs of our members. IAMAW women from across the country gathered virtually for a second time to address specific issues and needs of women in their places of work, which range from manufacturing, aerospace, airports and air transportation, public services and healthcare. A lively discussion took place, which touched on the