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TAKE THE QUIZ: Retirement

Realities of Retirement in Canada: Separating Fact From Fiction Have you thought about what your retirement will look like, does it look more like Freedom75 than Freedom55? Maybe you haven’t given it much thought, because there are other more pressing needs and priorities. But, it’s worthwhile to think about the realities of retirement, whether you’re nearing it or whether you have a full career ahead of you. To test your

Success on the grill for Local 2323 BBQ

IAM Local 2323 held their annual BBQ on Friday, 9 August, 2019. LL2323 has been doing this in Toronto for five years and this was their second time doing it in Ottawa. By all accounts, it was a success on both fronts. Toronto saw about 350 people, while the Ottawa venue was attended by about 90 members and their families. LL2323 President, Dave Flowers was enthusiastic about the attendance. “Member

IAM Pension Plans among the Best in Canada

By Ivana Saula Saving on your own or through a group pension plan? It’s an important question and a tough decision, but a recent survey makes it clear, IAM pension plans are the best way to save for retirement. In a survey examining 50 union pension plans in Canada, published in Pension and Benefits Monitor, our pension plans placed in the top 10.  Our plans came in 7th overall, due

IAM Statement on Air France-KLM Commitment to Acquire 60 A-220 airplanes

For immediate release Montreal, July 30, 2019 – IAM members in Montreal are elated on the just-announced news that Air France-KLM has committed to purchasing 60 new A-220 planes from Airbus. This is good news for workers at Mirabel, where the plant is located, and for the entire Québec aerospace cluster. Since the signing of the last collective agreement on June 15, 2019, which established a five-year industrial peace agreement

DL 250 Golf Tournament raises almost $60,000 for the visually impaired

Over 150 participants flocked to the Newlands Golf and Country club in Langley, B.C. participated in the 2019 IAM District 250 Guide Dogs of America (GDA) fundraiser. The 4th annual event raised approximately $58,000 and was held on 20 July, 2019 DL 250 Organiser Al Cyr, assisted by Janet Trudell, pulled off yet another great day for the IAM’s very own charitable organisation. Canadian General Vice-President Stan Pickthall and GVP

IAM LL 692 – 100 Years Strong! But the Road Ahead is Clear

Pete Konrad, Vice-President, LL692, Stan Pickthall, General Vice-President, IAM Canada, Stacey Adams, Secretary-Treasurer, LL692, Roland Sturt-Smith, President, LL692 One hundred is a long time in anyone’s book – anyone’s history book, that is. IAM Local Lodge 692 has been participating in AND making history for a century! Almost 230 members and well-wishers attended a warm celebration for an historic moment in Canadian IAM history. Walter Gerlach, Directing Business Representative of

UCS ceasing operations the “End of an era” - IAM Canada

IAM Canada is saddened by the impending closure of Union Communications Services (UCS) effective August 30, 2019. IAM members across North America benefitted from the UCS “Steward Update” which gave valuable and topical information to union stewards from all unions. Gord Falconer, Chief-of-Staff of IAM Canada, who has used and promoted the service as long as it has been available, commented, “Over the years, IAM activists came to depend on

Three hundred new members join IAM Local 1758

Monday, 22 July, 2019 For immediate release Montreal, QC – Workers at AAA Canada voted 84% to join IAM Local Lodge 1758 on 18 July, 2019. The provincial certification means the IAM will represent every one of the workers (excluding office workers) in the province of Québec employed by AAA Canada. Jean-Marc Brunet, Lead Organiser for IAM District Lodge 11 in Montreal said, “Our organisers worked very hard to get

IAM Local 712 and IAM Disaster Relief efforts at its best

“On July 11th, 2019 the President of the Local 712, Yvon Paiement and I, met IAM members who were impacted by floods this past April. We wanted to talk with them and deliver monies personally through donations from IAM members. Those receiving the donations greatly appreciated the help and thanked Local 712. On their behalf, we would like to thank everyone involved in the disaster relief program. Keep up the

2019 United Way Campaign

July 11, 2019 To: Recording Secretaries of IAM Local Lodges in Canada I am writing to endorse and encourage the support of your Local Lodge membership for the United Way Campaign in your community. These are tough times and we simply cannot allow the less fortunate in our communities to suffer because of the impact of the new global economy. Unions represent workers…and more. Our IAM Local Lodges continuously devote