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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.

Strong job numbers mask reality of struggling young workers

July 18, 2019 OTTAWA – The country’s strong job numbers aren’t providing the full picture when it comes to the participation rate of young workers in the economy, according to analysis by Canada’s unions. While unemployment rates continue to fall overall, many Canadians aged 15 to 29 are staying in school or giving up looking for work altogether, according to the Canadian Labour Congress’ (CLC) latest Labour Market Snapshot. The

IAM Local Lodge 1542 and Arnprior Aerospace ratify collective agreement

Tuesday 02 July, 2019 For Immediate Release Arnprior, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1542 have ratified a new five-year collective agreement with Arnprior Aerospace. “Labour costs for the next five years are a key component to Arnprior Aerospace establishing a competitive position in the global marketplace and this agreement provides that for the employer while giving our members wage security,” explained IAM Local Lodge 1542 President Murray Quattrocchi.

Keewatin Pilots Happy with New Contract – Ratify with 84%

Tuesday 02 July, 2019 For Immediate Release Pilots at Keewatin Air have ratified a new contract with the employer. The vote saw an 84% support from the members of IAM Local Lodge224 in Winnipeg, MB. The 50 pilots who joined the IAM in January 2014, have now grown to sixty-eight. A slew of improvements to the Collective Bargaining Agreement include, a shorter bonding period, increased mileage remuneration, added clothing allowances

IAM breaks new ground – organizes car salespeople in B.C.

Thursday June 27, 2019 For Immediate Release   Richmond, BC – For the first time in British Columbia, automotive sales people have been unionized. The IAM has broken new ground by organizing auto dealership sales people at Open Road Lexus of Richmond, they are the newest members of IAM Local Lodge 1857. “If we are to grow this union, sometimes you have to think outside of the box and this

IAM – Sunwing deal a gem!

Wednesday June 26, 2019   For Immediate Release   Toronto, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2413 have ratified their first collective agreement with Sunwing and it sets the standard for the industry. “We went into these negotiations knowing Sunwing has had a high attrition rate for Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers for the past decade,” explained IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Dave Freeman. “We told the company

The Bombardier CRJ – end of an era!

Tuesday June 26, 2019 For Immediate Release   Montréal, QC – Montréal-based Bombardier Inc. has signed a deal to sell its CRJ regional jet program to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Limited for $550 million US. The deal stipulates that the Japanese manufacturer take over the maintenance, support, refurbishment, marketing and sales activities for the je3ts, including services and support facilities in Montréal, Toronto, Bridgeport, West Virginia and Tucson, Arizona. “It’s the

IAM ratifies first agreement with Airbus!

Monday June 17, 2019 For Immediate Release   Montréal, QC – Members of IAM Local Lodge 712 have ratified their first collective agreement with Airbus (C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership). “Airbus now has labour peace for the next five years and now has the tools to be in a better position to sell the A220,” explained IAM Québec coordinator David Chartrand. The membership ratified the new agreement by a margin

Machinists ink new deal with Lancaster Technologies

Monday June 17, 2019   For Immediate Release   Fort Erie, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 103 have ratified a new collective agreement with Lancaster Technologies. The multi-year agreement provides wage increases of $1.65 per hour over the life of the agreement. Other agreement highlights include: Inclusion of part-time employees into the bargaining unit Increased pension contributions Inclusion of part-time employees into the pension plan Increased vision care