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CF-18 and CC-150 Polaris Replacement - Machinists Union demands guarantees from federal parties

Montreal – The IAMAW Machinists Union is reminding federal parties of the importance of replacing the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18 and CC-150 Polaris aircraft in a way that generates benefits for Canada and contributes to the recovery of the aerospace sector. The impact of the pandemic was swift and crushing, and while a recovery is underway, key Canadian industries still need government support. “Since the next federal government will

156 Howmet Canada workers join IAMAW

Specializing in the manufacture of aluminum castings for the aerospace industry, workers at Howmet Canada (Laval) joined the IAMAW to gain respect in the workplace and to be able to count on the expertise of the world’s largest union in the aerospace sector. “Over the course of our discussions with the workers, we were able to build a relationship of trust and demonstrate our professionalism,” said Alessandro Bernardelli, Responsible for

Disheartening, Deplorable, Disgraceful and Disgusting!

01 June, 2021 “It is beyond disheartening for Air Canada Executives to be rewarding themselves so handsomely with these obscene bonuses during the worst performance in this corporation’s history. Our members were rewarded with unprecedented layoff notices during the same period, with no opportunity to recover their losses. This absolutely disgusting!” said Stan Pickthall, IAM Canadian General Vice-President. “When the federal government gave Air Canada $5.9 billion in April, 2021, there were specific

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

Local 103 members at Cedarcroft ratify two-year agreement

A two-year agreement was recently ratified at Cedarcroft Place. This agreement provides wage increases each year of the agreement, increased vacation entitlement and improved sick and pandemic pay language. Special thank you to the committee for all their hard work. “Our IAM members have worked hard through this pandemic with dedication and self-sacrifice,” said Kim Valliere, District 78 Directing Business Representative. The 56 members consist of Registered Professional Nurses, UCP’S,

First Contract for new IAM members at OECTA

Late last week the administrative staff at the English Catholic Teachers Association-Toronto Secondary Unit, ratified their first collective agreement. “This was a small group of workers who believed in the benefit of belonging to a Union”, stated District 78 Representative Kim Valliere. “Management fully accepted the right of these workers to be in a Union, and both sides treated each other respectfully throughout the negotiations process,” stated IAM Organizer Scott

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,

New Agreement at Mettler Toledo brings gains to IAM Local 235 members

Last week the members of IAM Local 235 working at Mettler Toledo ratified a new Collective Agreement. In addition to annual wage increases, the membership voted for increases to Pension, safety boots, and dental coverage. As with most ratifications during the pandemic, this one was also held virtually. Our 23 highly skilled members at Mettler Toledo work throughout southern Ontario and as far north as Thunder Bay, installing, maintaining and

A difficult year for aerospace gets worse

February 11, 2021- The COVID-19 pandemic is hurting the aerospace industry and this is reflected in the announcement today of 1,600 layoffs at Bombardier in Montreal, QC. “For almost a year now we have been urging the Federal Government for supports in the Aviation Industry, and this is just one more bad news story for workers in aerospace.” Those were the words from IAM General Vice-President Stan Pickthall. The effects