Machinists’ News

The IAM fights against Contract-Flipping on Parliament Hill

The growing trend and threat of contract-flipping at Canadian airports is a pressing issue and the IAM is at the forefront to ensure that outrageous practice ends now. This practice is a major concern to the IAM and our members working at airports. Many of our members are affected by it, especially our Sisters and Brothers working at the Toronto Pearson International Airport, the largest airport in Canada. General Vice-President

“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”,

It’s Golf Season

Spring will soon be here…start thinking of the green stuff, GRASS, clean the clubs and polish your golf shoes. The IAM has three charity golf tournaments over the next few months. First up; 21 st annual Dave Ritchie Golf tournament, slated for Saturday, June 10 at Remington Parkview in Toronto and then District 250 is holding their 2nd annual tournament on Saturday, June 24 at Newlands GC in Langley BC.

Machinists see implementation as the key to the budget!

Ottawa, ON – The latest federal budget, as one analyst stated, offers lots of vision but few numbers. It poses two questions: 1) what can our Canadian Machinist members expect but, more importantly, 2) is when can they expect it? The Liberals emphasized skills training, infrastructure and child care. Under social infrastructure, the Liberals have pledged $11 billion but the figure is a hollow one as it’s spread over 11

Caron Visits IAM Canadian Office

Toronto, ON – Federal New Democratic Party leadership candidate Guy Caron dropped by the IAM Canadian offices last week for a morning visit on the heels of an evening organised by the Caron campaign held in east-end Toronto. Canadian office staff asked questions and received answers from the second-term Member of Parliament for Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques. IAM Canada looks forward to meeting with leadership candidates as the party works toward electing

A new face at the Canadian Office

We have a new face among our staff at the IAM Canadian office. We are pleased to welcome Caroline Ramos as our new Administrative Secretary (cramos@iamaw.org). Caroline replaces Sandy Georgen, who retired last September.

The Upcoming 2017 Federal Budget – What to expect

March is federal budget season in Ottawa and this year the national budget will be presented by the Finance Minister Bill Morneau on March 22. With the new Trump administration in Washington also bringing forward its first budget, Ottawa seems to be very pragmatic to wait and see what will be brought forward south of the border. Two major areas seem to be the main focus in this year’s Canadian

Only you can help us Grow!

The IAM represents workers in a large number of diverse industries and sector of the Canadian economy. One is mining. While in Canada, we represent workers who have a variety of skills, and who expertise makes mining possible, we don’t have any members employed as miners, directly. Our members do however maintain and manufacture the equipment used in the mining sector. There are many mining sites that use the services

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-

Strike Looms at Superior Nissan!

Tuesday March 7, 2017   For Immediate Release   Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Picket lines may go up outside Superior Nissan, Superior Custom Detailing and Superior Used Cars on March 20th and it may not stop there. “The employer and their legal counsel have been uncooperative in negotiations thus far,” explained Ralph Martin, Grand Lodge Representative for the International Association of Machinists – IAM. “We have a 100 per