News Releases

AJW Technique workers overwhelmingly ratify contract in Montreal

13 August, 2018 For immediate release Montréal, QC – 150 members from IAM Local Lodge 2309 in Montreal overwhelmingly ratified a tentative agreement after eight long months of negotiation. “It wasn’t a regular bargaining session with the employer,” said Michel Richer, Grand Lodge Representative, who was present throughout the negotiations. “The employer was squarely against any improvements to the contract, and they made it quite obvious.” “The LL2309 Bargaining Committee

Screeners reject contract offer from Garda, strike vote not yet served

For immediate release 9 August, 2018 Toronto, ON – Pre-Board Screening officers at Toronto’s Pearson and Billy Bishop airports have rejected Garda’s final offer regarding negotiations. “The employees have rejected this unacceptable offer and have authorized the Machinists Union to take strike action” said General Chairperson Barry Barnett. “We have not served strike notice at this time, and, accordingly, we will continue to serve the flying public with our usual

IAM shows the way forward to CLAC members

Burnaby, B.C. – The IAM welcomed 39 new members into the union after a representation vote went in favour of the union. “Spreading the word about how independent trade unions operate and represent their membership was the magic formula,” said Al Cyr, Business Representative for IAM District 250. AK Draft & Seal workers in Burnaby, B.C., who were previously represented by the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC), voted to

Arbitrator grants IAM huge award in case against Finning

Friday July 13, 2018   For immediate release   Vancouver, BC – A British Columbia arbitrator has ordered Finning Canada pay 10 IAM members in excess of $130,000.00 plus interest in severance following a layoff dating back to March 2016. “These workers were entitled to enhanced severance under the terms of the collective agreement agreed to by the company,” explained IAM District Lodge 250 Business Representative Paul Pelletreau. “When the

Order of 60 A220-300 Aircraft by Jet Blue good news for Québec

Wednesday July 11, 2018 For Immediate release Washington, DC – “This order puts us in a good position to secure the jobs of Québec aerospace workers,” said IAM Quebec coordinator David Chartrand. “Even though the confirmation of the change in the name of the program (The name of the C-Series -300 was changed to A220-300 on July 10th by Airbus which officially took majority stake in the C-series program at

Machinists ratify new deal with Highland Ford

Wednesday July 11, 2018   For Immediate Release   Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2332 have ratified a new collective agreement with Highland Ford. The multi-year agreement provides wage increases of 2.5 per cent in each year. Other agreement highlights include: 2 per cent increases in pension contributions over the life of the agreement Improved vision care benefits Improved life insurance benefits The 26 members

Machinists now represent IBEW Business Reps!

Thursday July 5, 2018   For Immediate Release   Sudbury, ON – Business Representatives and Administrative staff of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1687 are now members of IAM Local Lodge 1922. “These new members were looking for job security and turned to the IAM to obtain it,” explained IAM Grand Lodge Organizer Scott Jackson. “Once they got the representation they were after, this group wasted little time

Protecting Canadian IAM members in Trade Dispute

Friday June 29, 2018 For immediate release Toronto, ON – The federal government today announced sweeping tariffs in response to those levied by Donald Trump and the American government on Canadian steel and aluminium products. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland not only announced tariffs, but also financial support for Canadian workers and industries affected by the dispute. The IAM Canadian Office is keeping a close eye on the trade disputes

Machinists ratify new deal with Wheaton Chevrolet

Friday June 29, 2018 For Immediate Release   Victoria, BC – Members of IAM Local Lodge 456 have ratified a new collective agreement with Wheaton Chevrolet. The three-year agreement provides wage increases of 3 per cent in each year. Other agreement high lights include: Safety boot allowance increased to $150.00 Changes to contract language Employer will pay half of the cost of hepatitis shots for members who work on ambulances

The C-Series limited partnership is now official

Friday June 8, 2018   For immediate release   Montréal, QC – The arrival of Airbus in the C-Series limited partnership will come into effect officially on July 1, 2018. “The separation between the activities of SCACS and Bombardier was already in place at Mirabel, so things are following their course,” explained IAM Québec coordinator David Chartrand. “This chapter is now behind and we have a better idea of what