Machinists’ News

Report from federal NDP Convention

IAM political action delegates from Local Lodges across Canada joined the nearly 400 other labour activists on the weekend at the federal NDP virtual Convention. Despite some minor technical difficulties, the Convention went well and some important policies were hammered out. “The IAM has been calling on the NDP to put increased focus on the labour issues facing workers across Canada. Workers have borne the brunt in this pandemic and

Financial Aid for Airlines on the Horizon: Air Canada Negotiates a Deal

April 12, 2021 For Immediate Release “Announcement of an aid package for Air Canada brings relief to many workers in the aviation and air transportation sectors and is a critical first step towards a recovery. Aid has been a long time coming, and will stop the hemorrhaging in the entire Canadian industry, and related industries, such as aerospace, in which we also have a stake.” remarked Stan Pickthall, Canadian General

Shocking difference in US and Canadian approaches to airline industry

For immediate release 08 April, 2021 Toronto, ON – The Canadian government is facing mounting criticism over the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it be the availability of the COVID vaccine, the vaccination plan or lack of a plan about jobs and the economy, they have been facing increasing pressure. One specific industry that has been abandoned is the airline industry. Canada remains the only G7 nation yet to

Jeff Smith - Coming full circle

Staffing changes are always difficult. It means that years of hard-won experience and wisdom leave the organization and new staff come in without that expertise. Luckily, for IAM District 250, the two staff leaving (one through retirement and the other through career change) have gladly shared their knowledge with the newcomers. One of those newcomers is Jeff Smith, 51 years old and a member of IAM Local 692. He is

Jay Garneau - A varied experience

Staffing changes are always difficult. It means that years of hard-won experience and wisdom leave the organization and new staff come in without that expertise. Luckily, for IAM District 250, the two staff leaving (one through retirement and the other through career change) have gladly shared their knowledge with the newcomers. One of those newcomers is Jay Garneau. He is one of two new Business Representatives (BRs) with the District.

Air Canada purchase of Air Transat cancelled

For Immediate Release April 2, 2021 Toronto, ON – Today’s announcement from Air Canada regarding the cancelation of the acquisition of Air Transat comes unexpectedly. From our understanding, the Company’s offer was not approved by the European Commission, making it clear that the acquisition will not go forward. IAM Canadian General Vice-President Stan Pickthall stated, “We certainly weren’t expecting this type of announcement as a start to a holiday long

Passing of IAM member

April 1, 2021 To: All IAM Members Subject: IAM Canada mourns loss of IAM Local 99 member Dear Members and Activists, On April 1, 2021, our membership suffered a tragic loss. Two IAM members were injured on the job at a Finning location in Edmonton, AB yesterday while on the job. Tragically, one of them passed away this morning in hospital. I understand this message may be difficult to process.

IAM on the Global Stage: COVID-19 and the Private Sector

Participants from around the world gathered for the United Nations 65th Conference on The Status of Women, taking part in numerous sessions, with a great number looking at the impact of COVID-19 on women, youth and women of colour. Much attention has been given to the experiences of women in the public sector given large numbers of women in sectors like education and healthcare, but the experiences of women in

IWD 2021 - Nellie McClung (1873–1951) - Canada

Novelist, reformer, journalist, and suffragist. Nellie McClung was a leader in the fight to enfranchise North American women. Her efforts led to Manitoba becoming the first province to grant women the right to vote in 1916, followed by Alberta and Saskatchewan. After a move from Manitoba to Alberta, she was elected to the Alberta Assembly as a Liberal member for Edmonton in 1921. In the legislature, McClung often worked with

Final Push to Promote the Sexual Harassment Survey

Greetings, Thank you for your assistance in promoting the national survey on workplace violence and harassment to your members. The survey will close next month so we are asking for a final push to ensure that as many workers as possible fill it out. We especially need responses from Quebecois workers and workers in federally regulated industries. It is open to workers of all genders. Like the groundbreaking Domestic Violence at Work