News Releases

Social Media brings organizing victory at Pearson Airport!

Toronto, ON – The IAM resorted to social media – texting and Face Book – to organize 35 drivers employed by Sky Café at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. “We couldn’t access these workers on the job site to conduct a traditional campaign so we opted for social media which has the added bonus that the company couldn’t interfere on private communication,” explained IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 Organizer Sam Jabbar.

Machinists Ink new deal with WestCan Industries

Tuesday January 31, 2017 For Immediate Release   Langley, BC – Members of IAM Local 692 have ratified a new collective agreement with WestCan Industries. “This is an agreement everyone can be happy with,” explained IAM District Lodge 250 Business Representative Dale Gentile. “We have always had overtime paid at one and a half times the standard rate but we have just negotiated two times the standard rate for overtime

Machinists ratify first agreement with Destination Chrysler

Wednesday February 1, 2017 For Immediate Release North Vancouver, BC – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1857 have ratified their first collective agreement with Destination Chrysler. “You may not think that a zero per cent wage increase in the first year means nothing but this was a first contract and the wage scale grid we negotiated starts them at a wage which is significantly better than what they were getting

Canada’s unions celebrate federal asbestos ban

The Canadian Labour Congress is celebrating today’s announcement that the federal government is banning the manufacture, import, export and use of asbestos.. “We can all breathe easier,” said CLC president Hassan Yussuff. “This is good public health policy that will, without question, save lives for generations to come.” “Canada’s unions, along with survivors and health advocates, have been working hard for this ban for decades. We know this will strengthen

Thorncliffe IAM Members have First Agreement

Wednesday December 14, 2016 For Immediate Release   Nepean, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1295, employed by the Thorncliffe Retirement Home, have ratified their first collective agreement. The three-year collective agreement provides wage increases of 2.5 per cent in each year for the majority of the memberships, others who have reached the top of the wage scale receive a lump sum payment of 1.75 per cent in each

IAM Ratifies New Agreement with Bearskin Airlines

Monday December 12, 2016 For Immediate Release     Thunder Bay, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2413 have ratified a new collective agreement with Bearskin Airlines. The 30 mechanics, parts personnel and general maintenance workers ratified the agreement by a margin of 85 per cent. The new three-year agreement provides wage increases of 1 per cent in the first year and 1.5 per cent in the second and

Strike Averted at Vancouver International with New Agreement

Sunday November 27, 2016 For Immediate Release   Vancouver, BC – A strike has been averted at Vancouver International after a new agreement has been reached between the IAM and Swissport Canada. ‘We came to an agreement with the employer late Saturday evening with the exception of the Baggage Service Operations wages which will proceed to binding arbitration,” explained IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Todd Haverstock. “This was

Weekend Strike Notice for Vancouver Swissport

Wednesday November 23, 2016 For Immediate Release   Vancouver, BC – Flights in and out of Vancouver International Airport could be disrupted this weekend after a strike deadline was issued today by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) to Swissport Canada for 1 pm Saturday November 26TH. The 855 members of IAM Local Lodge 16 are seeking better wages, wage parity, benefits, pensions, and overall fairness to

Hobart Agreement provides significant increase to starting wage

Wednesday November 16, 2016   For Immediate Release   Owen Sound, ON – A significant increase in the starting wage rate and to RRSP contributions highlight a new collective agreement for the members of IAM Local Lodge 386 with Hobart Canada. “The starting wage rate goes up immediately by $4.50 per hour, “explained IAM Grand Lodge Representative Ralph Martin. Other agreement highlights include : Wage increases and one lump sum payment

Garneau sent wrong signals to Workers – Again!

Friday November 4, 2016   For Immediate Release   Toronto, ON – “Once again the federal Transport Minister has sent the wrong signals to air transport workers in this country,” explained IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. Transport Minister Marc Garneau laid out his new 2030 Transportation strategy to the Montreal Chamber of Commerce Thursday afternoon and it is not good news for the 18,000 IAM members in Canada’s