Machinists’ News

The fight for 15 gains ground and the new CLC executive is elected by electronic vote!

Toronto, ON – There were many highlights at the 28th Canadian Labour Congress held in Toronto May 8-12th but two really stood out. More than 3,000 delegates took the message of the need for a $15.00 minimum wage to the financial district of Toronto on Thursday May 11th. It was a two pronged march through the streets of Toronto at noon hour culminating with a massive block party in front

CLC goes electronic to vote in new executive!

Toronto, ON – The fourth day of the 28th Canadian Labour Congress here was highlighted on two fronts. More than 3,000 delegates took the message of the need for a $15.00 minimum wage to the financial district of Toronto with a noon hour march and block party. That was followed by the election of new executive officers and the voting was done electronically. Each delegate was given an electronic voting

CLC Convention - Day 4

Toronto, ON – The 28th Constitutional Convention of the CLC is meeting in Toronto May 8-12th. The IAM has 65 delegates from across the country attending who will introduce no fewer than 17 resolutions on matters such as airport privatization, contract flipping, pay equity, health and safety, workers’ rights and free trade agreements.              

Canadian Labour Congress meets in Toronto

Toronto, ON – The 28th Constitutional Convention of the CLC is meeting in Toronto May 8-12th. The IAM has 65 delegates from across the country attending who will introduce no fewer than 17 resolutions on matters such as airport privatization, contract flipping, pay equity, health and safety, workers’ rights and free trade agreements. The convention will be highlighted on Thursday with the elections of a new Secretary Treasurer and two

IAM celebrates May Day with airport demo against privatization

Toronto, ON – The rain was constant, the wind was biting and so was the IAM response to privatization of Canada’s airports. IAM members were the most prominent of the airport unions attending the 2017 May Day demo along the departure level at Pearson Airport’s Terminal One. The idea was to bring public attention to the trial balloon floated recently by the Trudeau Liberals. The government has calculated it can

Transportation Conference 2017 Las Vegas – (April 9-13 2017)

Canadian Report Under the guidance and supervision of Officers and Staff of the Canadian IAM office, 33 Delegates and 12 Staff Members took part in 2 workshops on Tuesday April 11th 2017.   The first workshop was a strategy session called “Building a Stronger IAM” and the second one hands-on lobbying session called “Political Action Lobbying”. Our Delegates were split into 2 groups both of which went through each session

NDP has double digit poll lead in BC Election Forecast

Vancouver, BC – The latest public opinion poll by Mainstreet Research shows the BC New Democrats under John Horgan with a ten point lead over the incumbent Liberals of Premier Christy Clark, at the half way point of the provincial election campaign. “We’re happy with these numbers,” said IAM District Lodge 250 Directing Business Representative Walter Gerlach. “However in 2013 the NDP had a 24 point bulge and Clark wiped

Sky Café kitchen staff latest airport group to join IAM

Thursday April 27, 2017   For Immediate Release   Toronto, ON – Employees at Sky Café are one big happy IAM family after kitchen staff joined the Machinists today. The IAM organized 35 drivers at the same company in February of this year. “Two voting polls were held, one in the morning and one in the evening and I’m pleased to announce that 75 per cent of the eligible voters

Killips tenure must be a record!

Edmonton, AB – The IAM doesn’t keep tabs on how long someone serves his or her Local Lodge as president, but after Glen Killips stepped down as president of IAM Local Lodge 1722, we might consider doing so.  When he handed over the reins of the Local Lodge in February of this year, Glen Killips had served as its president for more than 30 years! The legacy he leaves behind

Ontario NDP moves back to their roots!

Toronto, ON – More than 1,000 delegates rose to their feet applauding Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath for pledging to create a universal provincial pharmacare plan. The pledge came during the Ontario New Democratic Party Convention held in Toronto April 21-23, 2017 “Just like Tommy Douglas started in one province and built Medicare step-by-step, we’re going to start building universal pharmacare right here in Ontario,” Horwath said. “You shouldn’t have