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A difficult year for aerospace gets worse

February 11, 2021- The COVID-19 pandemic is hurting the aerospace industry and this is reflected in the announcement today of 1,600 layoffs at Bombardier in Montreal, QC. “For almost a year now we have been urging the Federal Government for supports in the Aviation Industry, and this is just one more bad news story for workers in aerospace.” Those were the words from IAM General Vice-President Stan Pickthall. The effects

The IAM Organizes 70 new members at Clean International in Yamachiche

The group of workers chose to join the IAMAW after seeing the quality of union representation offered to their colleagues from Clean International in Drummondville and Saint-Cuthbert. “In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, many workers have seen it as an asset for them to be part of our union. Realizing that they were going to be more respected by their employer and advance their working conditions significantly, they didn’t

IAM Local 1758 in Laval vote to extend contract by three years

23 January, 2021 For immediate release Laval, QC – 97 IAM members working for Hèroux-Devtek ratified a contract with the Montreal-area manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility. The contract was accepted by almost 70 percent of the membership. The previous contract expired on 31 December, 2021. As part of the new contract, they will receive 2.15%, 2.20% and 2.25% wage increases, helped, in part, by an investment of $11.3 million

It’s not “Force Majeure” if it’s planned says IAM

The IAM was advised this morning that Air Canada intends to use an extraordinary measure by placing approximately 284 IAM members on “off duty status” by invoking a “force majeure” provision contained within the collective agreement.  The IAM categorically opposes the use of the “force majeure by placing our members on “off duty status” as it does not apply in the current situation. Air Canada is well outside the statute

Members at Local 235 Markham Acura ratify agreement

11 January, 2021 For immediate release Markham, ON – Members at Markham Acura Local 235 ratified a new 2-year agreement. Highlights include annual wages increases, increases to certification premiums, language improvements to paid sick leave language allowing for greater flexibility, and the introduction of a pension plan. The committee consisting James Kerr and Muhittin Ciplak did an excellent job conveying the needs of the membership specifically regarding competitive wages and the

LL 2418 members at Lounsbury GM ratify deal

08 January, 2021 For immediate release Bathurst, NB – Thirteen members at IAM Local Lodge 2418 working at Lounsbury GM ratified a 3-year agreement which saw an improvement of a 2% wage increase for each year go to the members. Because of COVID-19, the talks started out to extend the current agreement by one year, but through email and telephone calls, both parties agreed to the 3-year deal which takes

Local Lodge 1120 and Thunder Bay dealership reach 3-year agreement

Monday 11 January, 2021 For Immediate Release Thunder Bay, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1120 have ratified a new collective agreement with Dominion Motors GMC & Buick. The agreement was ratified on 23 December, 2020. The three-year agreement provides Mechanics, Body men and Painters under Schedule A classification with wage increases of 2.0 per cent in the first year, 2.5 per cent in the second year and 2.5

IAM recognises excellence in organising

The IAM held its second International President’s Excellence in Organising Awards on 7 January, 2021. The awards were presented by Vinny Addeo, Director of Organising for the Grand Lodge and International President, Robert Martinez Jr. Winners were awarded via videoconferencing platform. Addeo opened by saying, “Under normal circumstances, we would have been proud to hold this presentation at our Grand Lodge Convention last September in front of our entire body

“Beyond Disappointed”

“I am far beyond disappointed to hear that the Canadian government has been providing wage subsidies (CEWS) to foreign-owned airlines who continue to fly into Canada!” That was the reaction of Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall, when news dropped that a dozen foreign-owned airlines have been granted CEWS relief despite having already received billions of dollars in relief from their own governments. The CEWS database shows precisely which corporations

New agreement at RAD Technologies

Thetford Mines, QC – 81% of the 200 members of the Rad Technology unit (IAMAW Local 922) accepted their new employment contract. For the first year of the 5-year employment contract, the salary increases will be from 2.75% to 3%. The overall average of the increases will be 3.15% per year for the duration of the contract. This progression will allow for wage parity with other factory workers in the