News Releases

Empire Living ratifies new agreement

Thursday March 23, 2017   For Immediate Release   North Bay, ON – The members of IAM Local Lodge 1295 have ratified a new collective agreement with Empire Living. The four-year agreement provides wage increases of 2 per cent in each year. Other highlights include: Improved life insurance coverage Increased vacation days Increased sick days “Negotiations committee members Suzanne Hamilton and Debbie Proulx were instrumental in ensuring that their members

Norfolk County Firefighters ratify new agreement

Thursday March 23, 2017   For Immediate Release   Simcoe, ON – Volunteer Firefighters in Norfolk County – members of IAM Local Lodge 103, have ratified a new four-year collective agreement. “This was a difficult round of bargaining that required conciliation to achieve a tentative agreement,” explained IAM District Lodge 78 Directing Business Representative. Besides a modest monetary increase, the agreement also produced a premium increases for trainers/facilitators and improvement

IAM- Schmoltz-Bickenbach ink five-year deal

Thursday March 23, 2017   For Immediate Release   Mississauga, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1922 have ratified a new collective agreement with Schmoltz-Bickenbach Canada. The five-year agreement provides wage increases of 1.75 per cent in each of the first two years and 1.5 per cent in years three, four and five respectively. Other agreement highlights include: Substantial benefits improvements Improved overtime language “The negotiation committee of Daniel

IAM ratifies new agreement with GKN Sinter Metals

Thursday March 23, 2017   For Immediate Release   St. Thomas, ON – GKN Sinter Metals has ratified a new collective agreement with members of IAM Local Lodge 1975. The new three-year agreement provides wage increases of 1 per cent in the first year, 2 per cent in the second year and 3 per cent in the third year. Other agreement highlights include: Improved benefits Improved pension contributions Improved job

Strike Looms at Superior Nissan!

Tuesday March 7, 2017   For Immediate Release   Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Picket lines may go up outside Superior Nissan, Superior Custom Detailing and Superior Used Cars on March 20th and it may not stop there. “The employer and their legal counsel have been uncooperative in negotiations thus far,” explained Ralph Martin, Grand Lodge Representative for the International Association of Machinists – IAM. “We have a 100 per

IAM Hospitality Sector grows again!

Friday March 3, 2017 For Immediate Release Mississauga, ON – Tired of scheduling problems and favouritism, employees at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Mississauga have joined the IAM. “Scheduling, respect for seniority and continual favouritism by management were the key issues in this organizing drive,” explained IAM District Lodge 78 Organized Roy Bhansingh. “These workers saw the improvements the IAM has won for workers at the Courtyard by Marriott

Tire Technicians turn to IAM for Security

Friday February 24, 2017   For Immediate Release   Fort Frances, ON – Tire Technicians employed by Kal Tire working at the New Gold Rainy River Mine have become the newest members of the IAM. “We represent workers at Kal Tire outlets in British Columbia and Alberta and these workers see the benefits of protection and security that our union has given other Kal Tire employees,” explained IAM Grand Lodge

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