News Releases

Pension Cap Increase is key element as Air Canada bargaining begins

Tuesday March 5, 2019 For Immediate Release Toronto, ON – Contract proposals were exchanged between the IAM Technical Maintenance & Operational Support (TMOS) Bargaining Unit and Air Canada today. “Make no mistake, the pension cap increase is a key element that needs to be resolved during these negotiations,” explained IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “This is a priority as the current pension cap is an encroachment on their

Swissport starting wage surpasses Air Canada with new agreement!

Tuesday March 5, 2019 For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON – “It’s very difficult to ask a service company to pay a starting wage that’s greater than the wage offered by the industry leader, but we did and we were successful,” explained IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Michael Corrado. “Our Ottawa Swissport members now have a starting wage that’s $1.25 an hour greater than the starting wage at Air

Machinists ratify new agreement with Waterloo Manufacturing

Wednesday February 6, 2019   For Immediate Release   Waterloo, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2707 have ratified a new collective agreement with Waterloo Manufacturing. The four-year agreement provides wage increases of 2.5 per cent in each of the first three years and 3 per percent in the fourth year. Other agreement highlights include; Removal of cap on the IAM pension plan so that all overtime hours can

Putting Our Aerospace Industry On The Map

IAMAW Releases Major Report In Support of Aerospace Monday February 4, 2019 For Immediate Release Download the PDF Montreal, QC – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), the largest union in the aerospace sector and the air transportation industry released a major report that emphasizes the urgency of addressing challenges in the aerospace sector. The report highlights critical issues the industry is facing and the union is

Workers at VCI Composites join IAM

Monday January 14, 2019   For Immediate Release   Saint-Lin-Laurentides, QC – Sixty workers at VCI Composites are the newest members of IAM Local Lodge 1758. “These workers had their own independent association and approached us to sign a service contract in 2017 in order to service their collective agreement with the employer,” explained IAM District Lodge 11 Directing Business Representative Pierre Grenier. “That service agreement has now expired and

Aerotek workers the latest to join IAM ranks!

Monday January 14, 2019   For Immediate Release   Montréal, QC – 220 workers from Aerotek have become the newest members of the IAM Local Lodge 1660. These employees which include electricians, assemblers and other trades are subcontractors inside all of Bombardier Aerospace & Airbus facilities in the greater Montreal area. “We are the largest union within Bombardier and Airbus. The workers from Aerotek saw the benefits of joining our

IAM begins the New Year with organizing win at ATS!

Monday January 11, 2019   For Immediate Release   Montréal, QC – The IAM has started off the New Year on the right note with yet another organizing victory at Airport Terminal Services – ATS. “We are definitely carrying on with the momentum from last year when our organizing efforts grew the membership by ten per cent,” explained IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “I congratulate our IAM Transportation

Machinists ratify new agreement with Epiroc Canada

Tuesday January 8, 2019 For Immediate Release   North Bay, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2412 have ratified a new collective agreement with Epiroc Canada, formerly Atlas Copco. The three-year agreement provides wage increases totaling $1.65 per hour over the life of the agreement. Other agreement highlights include: Increase in pension to 12 per cent of earnings Shift and lead-hand premium increases Payout for unused sick days Enhanced

Threat of strike action brings employer back to the table!

Thursday January 3, 2019 For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON – The threat of strike action Christmas Day by members of IAM Local Lodge 2413 has encouraged Innotech Aviation to return to the bargaining table. “Our members made it quite clear the employer’s final offer was an insult and they would strike to back their demands for better wages,” said IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Mike Corrado. “The employer

Machinists have that first contract magic at ATS again!

Friday November 30, 2018 For Immediate Release   Calgary, AB – The IAM has followed up its first contract success with ATS in Edmonton with a similar first agreement with ATS Passenger Service Agents in Calgary. “The membership has to take all of the credit for this agreement,” said IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Keith Aiken. “They knew what they wanted, they knew what they had to do