Machinists’ News

Members of IAM Local 1922 Vote to Strike

For immediate release 19 September, 2019 Toronto, ON – Members of IAM Local 1922 made their decision early this morning and voted to go on strike against their employer, the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE), after negotiations stalled. COPE Ontario represents approximately 6,000 members that work in the healthcare and educational sectors as well as representing multiple other workplaces in the financial sector and union employers across Ontario

IAM Local Lodge 11 workers locked out by Avcorp Industries in Delta, B.C.

17 September, 2019 For Immediate Release Delta, B.C. – Approximately 300 workers, members of IAM Local Lodge 11, were locked out by Avcorp Industries at 10:00 pm Monday evening. The company offered no rationale, but simply served the union notice and proceeded with the lockout. The union and the company have been in bargaining since early January 2019, with about 25 full days of negotiations. Avcorp’s first offer was rejected by

Canada takes top honours at IAM Staff Conference

Thursday, 12 September, 2019 San Diego, CA – Canada surprised everyone, except Canadians, at the recent IAM International Staff Conference last week in San Diego, CA by taking top honours for organising. All IAM territories did extremely well, but Canada rose to the top. This trophy was created to recognise the work being done in all IAM territories towards making the IAM stronger with new members. It’s about creating power!

Canadian Workers Celebrate 148th Anniversary of Labour Day

2 September, 2019 Toronto – Approximately 100 IAM members participated in Labour’s annual Labour Day parade. The 148th anniversary of this special day to celebrate workers and our accomplishments was celebrated with music, bands and much discussion as to labour’s path ahead in these challenging times. The total number of labour activists and their families attending the parade was 25,000. Along with the celebrations, many has pause to think about

What Does a Modernized Canada Labour Code Look Like? A Lot Like The Old One!

By: Ivana Saula Research Director, Canada Just as unions prepared to celebrate Labour Day, the federal government announced the implementation of several changes to the Canada Labour Code. The Liberal federal government has shown its ideological leanings by failing to truly modernize the Code. Despite consultations with unions, and regardless of objections raised by several of them, the Liberals were deaf to persuasions for fairness and justice.  Months’ long consultations

Another 100 percent win for IAM members

Photo – Maurice Shyntak – Lead Hand, Shop Steward, Bargaining Committee representative, 28+ years with the company, and has been with the union for over 25 years since the members joined the IAM on May 27th 1993. Brian Alguire – Lead Hand, Union Steward, Bargaining Committee Repressive, 20+ Years with both the Company and the IAM. On Monday August 26th and Tuesday August 27th, the IAMAW Bargaining Committee at Bearskin Airlines

Canada Labour Code Changes in Effect

By: Ivana Saula, Research Director, Canada Labour Minister Patty Hajdu’s office announced yesterday that amendments to the Canada Labour Code Part III will come into effect this Sunday, Sept.1, 2019. The IAMAW is an active stakeholder in the Labour Program’s consultation process having provided submissions stating our position on proposed changes. The government introduced new types of leaves, such as domestic violence leave, family responsibility and modifications to parental leave.

Major Improvements see 100% Ratification for Sage Parts Contract

22 August, 2019 For immediate release Toronto – Today the IAM Membership at Sage Parts YYZ ratified its 2nd collective agreement by a 100% margin. Percentages and gains in wages jumped appreciably since they joined the IAM 3 years ago. “Three years ago, when the workers joined the IAM, we began a fight for $15 campaign with this employer at the bargaining table and was successful in ensuring that no member

IAM Canada Statement on Air Canada takeover of Air Transat

23 August, 2019 For Immediate release Toronto – Air Transat shareholders have approved a $720 million takeover by Air Canada by a 94.77% vote. This is well above the two-thirds margin required. Both companies will continue to operate under their current structures. The agreement is now putting the fate of the transaction in the hands of regulators before being finalised. The transaction is unlikely to close before early 2020. IAM