Machinists’ News

GVP Pickthall updates LL 2921 Executive on Airport Privatization

Mississauga, ON – IAM Canadian General Vice-President Stan Pickthall met with the Executive Board of IAM Local Lodge 2921 on July 20th to talk about Political Action and the issue of airport privatization that is looming over Canadian airports. “Many of our Locals are rallying against the privatization of airports and Local Lodge 2921 is working hard to get signatures on our petition to stop the Liberal government from moving

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Machinists on hand as Horgan sworn in as new BC Premier

Victoria, B.C. – After the historic provincial election which took almost two months to resolve, the NDP has officially taken power in British Columbia. John Horgan was sworn in as British Columbia’s 36th Premier along with his cabinet at Government House on Tuesday and the IAM was honoured to be there. “We’re excited, this marks the first day of a new BC government that will work hard for all working

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Major Changes in Labour Standards in Ontario: an important Win for Workers!

Following up with the release of The Changing Workplaces Review’s final report, the Liberal Government has recently introduced Bill 148 (Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act), to amend two fundamental Labour laws in Ontario, the Employment Standards Act for all workers, and the Labour Relations Act for unionized workers only. One of the major improvements is the introduction of $15 minimum wage to be phased in on January 1st, 2019. The

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IAM Canadian officers inducted on Canada Day!

Upper Marlboro, MD – Not only was July 1st Canada’s 150th birthday but it was also the day that the IAM Executive Council was inducted, reciting the Oath of Office for their terms in which they were elected. “It was especially significant for me to be sworn into office on Canada’s 150th birthday,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “Our Canadian officers are part of a great team

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IAM scholarship award presented at graduation ceremony

Edmonton, AB – Canadian IAM members and their children have been presented with the IAM scholarship award every year but rarely do we capture the presentation at a graduation ceremony. For 2017 IAM scholarship recipient Britney Trieu of Edmonton, her award was presented to her as part of her high school graduation ceremony Friday June 30th. The award is based on academic excellence, test scores, attitude toward study, personal references

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Pickthall visits planes and automobiles

Vancouver, BC – Stan Pickthall didn’t take the train to Vancouver but he did go by plane and he did tour a number of automobiles in his most recent site visit of IAM work places. The Canadian GVP along with Chief of Staff Gord Falconer joined Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Tania Canniff to tour G4S operations at Vancouver International Airport. “This was a unique experience for me to

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United Way Centraide Canada thanks IAM

Toronto, ON – In 2016, United Way Centraide Canada raised more than $522 million to support United Way’s 6,200 programs across the country. Each year the United Way says ‘Thanks a Million’ to leading Canadian corporations, employers and labour organizations that – together with their employees and members – raised $1 million or more in support of United Way Centraide. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers – IAM

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Labour sponsored leadership debate produces no champion!

  Toronto, ON – The evening was called Labour, Justice, Our Future. It was the first opportunity for union members and labour activists to put their issues before the five hopefuls vying for the leadership of the federal NDP. The five candidates were Manitoba MP Niki Ashton, Ontario MP Charlie Angus, Quebec MP Guy Caron, British Columbia MP Peter Julian and Ontario NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh. ‘This was our night,

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IAM witness to history in Canada’s Senate

Ottawa, On – IAM Grand Lodge Representative in charge of Political Action – Lou Pagrach – was a witness to history being made in Canada’s Senate last week with the passing of Bill C-4. Bill C-4, which eliminated anti-union legislation brought in by the former Harper Conservative government, received Royal Assent in the Canadian Senate on Monday June 19, 2017. The old legislation, both created by the Harper Conservatives through

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Fit To Fly

By Carlos DaCosta – IAM Air Transport Coordinator Recently, I attended a Fit to Fly workshop put on by Transport Canada in Quebec. This workshop was centred on supporting aviation personnel (pilots) with mental health challenges and substance abuse disorders in the interest of aviation safety. The IAM proudly represents pilots at Keewatin Air and Air Labrador, and information gathered at this workshop will be helpful for our pilots at

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