News Releases

Canada invokes Chapter 19 to reverse US penalties on C-Series and softwood lumber

The Machinists’ Union applauds the decision For Immediate release Sunday January 21, 2018 Montréal, QC – The Machinists Union (IAM) is pleased to see Canada using Chapter 19 to try to break the protectionist measures of the US government. “We have been calling for this initiative publicly since October 13, 2017,” said IAM Quebec Coordinator David Chartrand. “So it is a great relief to see the Canadian government use this

No respect on the job sends Cariboo workers to IAM

Wednesday January 3, 2018 For Immediate Release Prince George, BC – “It’s a familiar situation,” explains IAM District Lodge 250 Business Representative Al Cyr. “The employer treats his employees unfairly, doesn’t respect them and then is surprised when they vote to join a union.” This is the case for workers at Cariboo Chrome & Hydraulics in Prince George, BC. “Management ignored safety issues raised by the employees. Fed up with

A Rubber Stamp – Canadian Machinists disappointed by latest US Dept. of Commerce ruling against Bombardier

Thursday December 20, 2017   For Immediate Release     Toronto, ON – Canadian Machinists are not surprised that the US Department of Commerce has announced a ruling that simply “rubber stamps” their previous decision. But they are certainly disappointed. Canadian General Vice-President Stan Pickthall expanded further on this viewpoint: “Today’s ruling is one more in a series of bad decisions: it’s bad for Canadian Aerospace workers and for Aerospace

Machinists ratify with HudBay Mining

Thursday December 14, 2017 For Immediate Release Flin Flon, MB – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1848 have ratified a new collective agreement with HudBay Mining. The three-year agreement provides wage increases of 2.5 per cent in each year plus a one-time $1,000.00 signing bonus. The agreement also provides an increase of 1.2 per cent to pension contributions. “We negotiated an additional $1.00 bridging increase to the pension contributions to

Machinists ratify new agreement with Hobart

Friday December 8, 2017 For Immediate Release Toronto, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 235 employed as service technicians, have ratified a new collective agreement with Hobart Canada. The three-year agreement provides wage increases of 2.5 per cent in the first year retroactive to June 28, 2017, 2 per cent in the second year and 2.5 per cent in the third year. Other agreement highlights include; Increased dental benefit

Machinists ratify new deal with Lifetimer Boats

Monday December 4, 2017 For Immediate Release Duncan, BC – Members of IAM Local Lodge 456 have ratified a new collective agreement with Lifetimer Boats on Vancouver Island. The five-year agreement provides wage increases of 2 per cent in each year. Other agreement highlights include: Option to replace RRSP contributions with the IAM pension plan or IAM Local Lodge 692 plan Out of town premium increased to $1.00/hour Introduction of

Vacation entitlements key to new deal with Inland Kenworth

Friday December 1, 2017 For Immediate Release Penticton, BC – Significant vacation entitlement improvements including extra vacation days were the key ingredients to a new collective agreement for members of IAM Local Lodge 692 employed at Inland Kenworth. The three-year agreement provides wage increases of 2.25 per cent in the first year and 2.5 per cent in the second and third year respectively. “Vacation entitlements with extra vacation days sealed

Second time is a charm for Machinists

Friday December 1, 2017 For Immediate Release Blainville, QC – If at first you don’t succeed try again and the second time was a charm for the organizers of IAM District Lodge 11. The workers at Aerospace Welding DCM have joined the IAM. “What made this victory especially sweet was that the workers remembered us from the 2013 campaign and they were now ready to join the IAM,” explained IAM

Recognition of skills key to Richmond Chrysler deal

Wednesday November 29, 2017 For Immediate Release Richmond, BC – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1857 have ratified a new collective agreement with Richmond Chrysler. “It was the restructuring of the auto technician’s wage scale and the increased base rate for service advisors that drove this agreement,” explained IAM District Lodge 250 Directing Business Representative Walter Gerlach. “The restructuring of the auto technician’s wage scale acknowledges the dedication and investment

IBEW Reps join IAM

Wednesday November 29, 2017 For Immediate Release   Sudbury, ON – Business Representatives of IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 1687 have joined the IAM. “This small group of six people was attracted to us because we represent their counterparts with UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers), ETFO (Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario) Toronto and CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) at Toronto’s Pearson Airport,” explained IAM Grand Lodge