News Releases

65 New members at Envoy Air Montreal

10 June, 2020 For immediate release Montreal, QC – The 65 members of Envoy Air, based at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport in Montreal, chose the IAM to negotiate their first collective agreement. One year ago, employees approached the union for information on the IAM. In these uncertain times, the workers were worried, and the absence of a collective agreement made many nervous and fearful of finding themselves without jobs or

IAM reacts to 2500 layoffs at Bombardier Aerospace

June 5th, 2020 – Bombardier Aerospace announced today that it is laying off 2,500 workers at its plants around the world. In Montreal, 717 members of AIMTA Local 712 and currently on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program (CEWS) will be affected. A decision that we find incomprehensible when Bombardier could have avoided this wave of layoffs by using the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for all of its employees.

IAMAW- Air Canada - Proposed Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Arrangement Would Place IAMAW Members Back On Payroll

April 8, 2020 For immediate release Toronto, ON- The airline industry has been heavily impacted by the pandemic with countries closing borders and placing restrictions on movement. This has translated into reduction of flights and massive furloughs of air transportation workers throughout the world, and the impact has been just as severe in Canada. As the largest union in the air transportation industry in Canada, we have seen an unprecedented

Canada’s Unions deliver clear priorities for federal airline relief package

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2020 Press Release Canada’s Unions deliver clear priorities for federal airline relief package OTTAWA – Today, Canada’s airline unions met with the Minister of Finance and Minister of Transportation to share the concerns of aviation industry workers and to provide solutions to ensuring the sector’s viability. Chief among their priorities is to ensure that any federal financial aid package responds to the needs of workers

IAM Canada Statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

As of March 2nd, more than 89,000 people in nearly 60 countries have reported cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world. More than 3,000 people have died as a result. By all accounts, this is serious, and we should all take care of ourselves – and others. During these times, those who cannot go to work, or are forced to stay at home, are in real danger of losing

Strike now in effect at Montréal-Trudeau and Mirabel airports!

For immediate release 31 December, 2019 Montreal – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2301 were unable to reach a tentative agreement before the strike deadline.  As of 11:00 this morning, workers of Swissport Canada Inc. are on strike and will cease performing aircraft refueling operations at Montréal-Trudeau and Mirabel airports. It appears that Swissport’s intention to use management employees to maintain its fuelling operations may cause disruptions at both airports.

PIREC Members Join IAM

For immediate release 29 November, 2019 Ottawa, ON – Members of the Professional Institute Regional Employee Council (PIREC) have joined the IAM and the ranks of staff of unions joining the IAM. The 35 staff work for the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) across Canada. The new members are well-grounded in labour law and represent the more than 60,000 members of PIPSC. A new IAM charter

IAM Local 1722 ratifies new deal with Diamond International

For immediate release 15 November, 2019 Edmonton, AB – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1722 has ratified a new collective agreement with Diamond International Trucks Ltd. this week. Facing economic instability in Alberta, and a contentious set of bargaining, the committee was able to get a deal by sticking together and implementing and following the plans devised at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Center prior to bargaining. Members working at

NDP – CF-18 Replacements: Liberal Ministers Will Be Held Accountable

13 November, 2019 OTTAWA – Regardless of which company wins the CF-18 fighter replacement contract, Trudeau’s Liberal government must make sure there are job guarantees for aerospace workers here in Canada and strong economic benefits for the Canadian public, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said at a press conference today with NDP Deputy Leader Alexandre Boulerice and Yvon Paiement from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW). “This case

Canada Labour Code Changes in Effect

By: Ivana Saula, Research Director, Canada Labour Minister Patty Hajdu’s office announced yesterday that amendments to the Canada Labour Code Part III will come into effect this Sunday, Sept.1, 2019. The IAMAW is an active stakeholder in the Labour Program’s consultation process having provided submissions stating our position on proposed changes. The government introduced new types of leaves, such as domestic violence leave, family responsibility and modifications to parental leave.