Machinists’ News

The Future of Canada’s Air Transportation Sector - Letter to the new Transportation Minister

January 12, 2021 The Honourable Omar Alghabra Minister of Transport House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 Re: The Future of Canada’s Air Transportation Sector Dear Minister Alghabra: The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your recent appointment as Federal Transport Minister. You are assuming this portfolio at a time of unprecedented crisis in the air transportation industry

Not In This Together: Pandemic Widening Gap between the Rich and Poor

By Ivana Saula Canadian Research Director We’ve heard about and seen the direct impact of the financial fallout as a result of the pandemic, but it’s not widely reported that some businesses have profited from this disaster. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) issued a study that puts the effect of the pandemic on workers and top paid CEOs in sharp contrast. The report found that a top Canadian

Useful Numbers 2021 - by Ivana Saula

OLD AGE SECURITY BENEFIT (Monthly, at age 65, January 2021) $ 615.37 (regardless of marital status) Adjusted quarterly to CPI (in January, April, July and October) OAS/GIS can be deferred up to 5 years (to age 70), with an increase of 0.60% for each month of deferral Pension indexation rate for 2021 is 1% Following increases to CPI, OAS benefit will increase by 0.2% for the January to March 2021 quarter

Members at Local 235 Markham Acura ratify agreement

11 January, 2021 For immediate release Markham, ON – Members at Markham Acura Local 235 ratified a new 2-year agreement. Highlights include annual wages increases, increases to certification premiums, language improvements to paid sick leave language allowing for greater flexibility, and the introduction of a pension plan. The committee consisting James Kerr and Muhittin Ciplak did an excellent job conveying the needs of the membership specifically regarding competitive wages and the

LL 2418 members at Lounsbury GM ratify deal

08 January, 2021 For immediate release Bathurst, NB – Thirteen members at IAM Local Lodge 2418 working at Lounsbury GM ratified a 3-year agreement which saw an improvement of a 2% wage increase for each year go to the members. Because of COVID-19, the talks started out to extend the current agreement by one year, but through email and telephone calls, both parties agreed to the 3-year deal which takes

Local Lodge 1120 and Thunder Bay dealership reach 3-year agreement

Monday 11 January, 2021 For Immediate Release Thunder Bay, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1120 have ratified a new collective agreement with Dominion Motors GMC & Buick. The agreement was ratified on 23 December, 2020. The three-year agreement provides Mechanics, Body men and Painters under Schedule A classification with wage increases of 2.0 per cent in the first year, 2.5 per cent in the second year and 2.5

IAM recognises excellence in organising

The IAM held its second International President’s Excellence in Organising Awards on 7 January, 2021. The awards were presented by Vinny Addeo, Director of Organising for the Grand Lodge and International President, Robert Martinez Jr. Winners were awarded via videoconferencing platform. Addeo opened by saying, “Under normal circumstances, we would have been proud to hold this presentation at our Grand Lodge Convention last September in front of our entire body

SkyCafé workers in Ottawa and Toronto expand LL2413 membership

@MCorradoIAM2413 Workers at SkyCafe­ Ottawa, as well as the non-unionized leads in Toronto, signed union cards and have chosen to join the IAM at a time when they know the union is heading to a bargaining table. The bargaining unit is now made up of all employees at the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga and the Ottawa International Airport except dispatchers, supervisors and those above the rank of supervisor.

GVP Pickthall Year-End Special Message – December 2020

December 2020 Sisters and Brothers: As we approach the end of 2020, I take this opportunity to wish all IAM members and their families the very best for this Holiday Season! On behalf of the IAM Executive Council, and all the Staff and officers across Canada, I bring Seasons Greetings. In December last year as I wrote this message, the Canadian Territory of the IAM was riding on a high

Accessing EI and Emergency Benefits: What you Need to Know

Essential Information About the EI Program This document is a guide to help members on lay-off access Employment Insurance benefits, and other emergency benefits provided by the Canada Revenue Agency (DOWNLOAD THE PDF) Table of Contents Applying for EI: What You Need to Know………..2 Minimum Benefit Rate……………………………….….2 Eligibility for EI…………………………………………….2 Things to Keep In Mind…………………………………3 Before You Apply………………………………….……….3 Late ROEs……………………………………………………4 Is the EI benefit taxable?…………………………………4 Your Obligations While Receiving EI