Machinists’ News

IAM A Delegate to the United Nations Conference on the Status of Women

By Ivana Saula, Research Director and Women and Human Rights Representative “Diversity is our Strength, Solidarity Is Our Power” Duygu Brauer, DaMigra The IAM is proud to be a delegate to Canada’s delegation, with two representatives in attendance; Tania Canniff General Chair Person, District Lodge 140 and myself. Despite the pandemic, the United Nations (UN) Conference on the Status of Women went full steam ahead, with delegates from around the

Local Lodge 412 members at AstenJohnson ratify new contract

For immediate release 12 March, 2021 Kanata, ON – Members working at AstenJohnson in Kanata ratified their new collective agreement incorporating many gains despite the uncertainties caused by the pandemic. Shane Woito, President of Local Lodge 412, thanked the Local and the organization, for the opportunity to lead the Bargaining from start to finish. “It was exciting to have the responsibility of working with the employer, and a great experience

IAM Local 2332 in The Soo ratify agreement at Superior Nissan

The 21 members of Superior Nissan ratified a new agreement today. Highlights are wage adjustments, annual increases, annual pension increases, lower benefit premiums, layoff language and improved vacation. The members collectively work at Superior Nissan, Superior Custom Detailing and Superior Used Cars in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. This is their second collective agreement. GLR Jackson, who helped with the negotiations said, “This was their second agreement and they wanted to

GVP Stan Pickthall on the COVID-19 pandemic

March 11, 2021 Attention: All Local Lodges, District Loges and Staff Sisters and Brothers: Today marks exactly one year since the World Health Organization declared a worldwide pandemic. I am certain we can all reflect on the sweeping changes that this has brought forth; both in our workplaces and in our personal lives. I simply wanted to take this moment to consider and respect those who lost their lives to

Machinists Union to Conduct Grand Lodge Officer Election on April 24

The IAM will hold an election for General Secretary-Treasurer on Saturday, April 24, 2021. All members in good standing are encouraged to vote either in person or absentee. VOTE ABSENTEE It is critical that members are aware of their right to request an absentee ballot and the process for doing so. Note that it IS permissible for members to request and vote by absentee ballot if they have safety concerns

The future of the aerospace industry in the hands of the federal government - Chartrand

For immediate release Montreal March 9th, 2021 – After a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian aerospace industry is in serious trouble and may not survive without federal intervention. Called to testify before the Industry, Science and Technology Committee, the IAMAW called for a short-term assistance plan to help the aerospace industry recover quickly from the crisis and the implementation of a long-term pan-Canadian aerospace policy. “We are talking

17 new members at Comox Valley Toyota join the IAM

04 March, 2021 For immediate release Comox, BC – The IAM is rapidly becoming the preferred home of workers at auto dealerships in British Columbia, especially on Vancouver Island. 17 more workers at a local auto dealership voted overwhelmingly to join. They voted and their decision was certified by the British Columbia Labour Board on 02 March, 2021. John Humphrey, Business Representative for IAM District 250 said of the group,

NDP Policy must consider workers interests

Delegates from IAMAW Local Lodges across Canada affiliated to the NDP will meet virtually online April 9 thru April 11, 2021 for the federal NDP Convention. With a Federal Budget expected in March, and the Conservative Party calling for austerity measures to be included in any post- pandemic recovery, this is a critical time for working people in Canada. Over the last several decades worker’s rights have been under attack,

Re: the crisis facing workers in Canada’s air travel and tourism sector

February 24, 2021 The Honourable Omar Alghabra Minister of Transport House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6 The Honourable Carla Qualtrough Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6 The Honourable Chrystia Freeland Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6   Dear Honourable Ministers: Re: the crisis facing workers in Canada’s air travel and tourism sector

IAM Members at Local 235 Sisley Honda ratify new contract with improvements

Members at Sisley Honda Local 235 ratified a new agreement. Highlights include annual wage increases, increases to the IAM defined benefit pension plan, increases to technician training bonus, improved scheduling and hours of rest between shifts and a reduced sunset clause on discipline. The 55 members include mechanics, service technicians, service advisors, service cashier/hostess, detailers, carwash/valet, lube technicians and custodians. The IAM represents more than 1500 members employed in the