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Crisis in Air transport and Aerospace - The federal government must not underestimate what is happening

Montreal, September 30th, 2020- Air transport and Aerospace are among the sectors most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In Canada, tens of thousands of jobs and the survival of many businesses are at stake. The crisis that is simultaneously hitting these two sectors deserves the attention of a parliamentary committee “A perfect storm is hitting both industries,” says David Chartrand, Quebec coordinator of the Machinists’ Union. For several months now,

Christian Bilodeau

15 September, 2020 For immediate release Montreal, QC – IAM members at Local 1660 in Montreal, QC voted to accept a 5-year contract with Dominion Sample. The members voted overwhelmingly to accept the new agreement. The agreement contains some new, as well as many improvements, including: wage increases of 2.75% for the first 2 years, and 3% for the last 3 years of the contract new language on “Progressive Retirement”

IAM Local 11 wins big in Arbitrator’s Decision

22 September, 2020 For immediate release Vancouver, BC – Arbitrator Corrinn Bell issued two decision, both in favour of IAM Local 11 members working at Avcorp Inc. The basis of the union’s grievances lay in the fact that 11 members (10 aircraft mechanics and one material handler) were all laid off and their seniority retention ran out. After a span of approximately 4 years, they were rehired as new employees, but

Making it work during difficult times - A First for Screeners Lodge 2921 Negotiation Committee

24 August, 2020 For immediate release Toronto, ON and Hollywood, MD – The Negotiations Committee for IAM Screeners Lodge 2921 were hard at work this week preparing for their upcoming week of negotiations with Garda – but something was different. Due to the impossibility for IAM members to attend the Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in the US, the local leadership collectively decided that the training would be online and

Second contract a winner at L3 in Trenton

Trenton, ON – The 51 members of Local Lodge 717T have ratified their second collective agreement with L3 Technologies MASS, a subsidiary of L3 Harris Technologies Inc. The members gained wages and benefits across the board, mostly because of the dedicated work of the Negotiating Committee. “The contract was possible because of the hard work and dedication of the Negotiating Committee. Mark Manning, Dwayne Swartz and Ryan Buckley were key

Despite the odds – DL78 organises 530 new healthcare members at RNS Healthcare

27 July, 2020 For immediate release Toronto, ON – In another stunning organising win for IAM District 78, the 530 Personal Support Workers (PSWs) that work for RNS Health Care in York Region voted by a 3 to 1 margin to be represented by our union. District 78 Organizer Rootisha Rampat-Sukhu and IAM Grand Lodge Organizer Scott Jackson worked with our newest members for several months, answering their concerns and assuring them

Strong strike mandate from IAM local 907

23 July 2020 For immediate release Toronto, ON – Members of IAM Local 907 working for the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) rejected their employer’s offer by a clear margin of 97%. The 35 members then took a strike vote which passed unanimously with 100% of the members voting in favour. Parental leave, pensions and benefits were the main items to be resolved. Ralph Martin, Grand

IAM Local 1148 at Forest Valley Terrace makes gains through Arbitration award

20 July 2020 Ottawa, ON – The 40 members of IAM Local 1148 are in a better position after an arbitrator ruled on items to which the union and employer could not agree. Overall, the members gained in terms of salaries: effective July 1, 2019, a 2% special adjustment to all classifications will take place, followed by a 2% increase across the board to all classifications. Furthermore, as of July

IAM Local 1295 at Symphony Senior Living makes gains through Arbitration award

20 July 2020 Ottawa, ON – The 28 members of IAM Local 1295 are in a better position after an arbitrator ruled on items to which the union and employer could not agree. Overall, the members gained in terms of salaries: effective July 1, 2019, a 2% special retroactive adjustment to all classifications (except Housekeeping and Laundry) will take place, followed by a 2% increase across the board to all

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