News Releases

Machinists ratify first contract with Cambridge Shelter

Thursday November 15, 2018   For Immediate release   Cambridge, ON – The members of IAM Local Lodge 103 have ratified their first collective agreement with Cambridge Shelter Corporation. “They fought us hard getting unionized earlier this year and again during negotiations, this was a long and tough battle,” said IAM Grand Lodge Organizer Scott Jackson. “The members and the negotiations committee of Joyann Robbins, Eric Johnson and Dean Hislop

IAM organizes another dealership in the steel city!

Tuesday November 13, 2018   For Immediate Release   Sault Ste. Marie, ON – The IAM has organized another auto dealership in the Steel City. In a Ministry of Labour authorized vote, workers at NorthSide Toyota voted to join the IAM. The IAM now represents workers at six auto dealerships in Sault Ste. Marie. “The workers here saw how we represented their counterparts at the other dealerships,” explained IAM Grand

Machinists negotiate ground breaking first contract at ATS

Friday November 9, 2018   For Immediate Release   Edmonton, AB – “As first contracts go, this one is a beauty,” said an elated IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Keith Aiken, referring to the recently endorsed first agreement with Airport Terminal Services (ATS). “Any time you can negotiate significant pay increases in a first contract, you have to be happy,” said Aiken. “This is a solid group and

Machinists ratify new agreement with Ecojustice

Friday November 9, 2018   For Immediate Release   Toronto, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1922 have ratified a new collective agreement with Ecojustice. The three-year agreement provides wage increases of 2.5 per cent in the first year, and 2 per cent in the second and third year respectively. Other agreement highlights include: Improved benefits package Improved vacation time Improved holidays Improved contract language “I want to express

Machinists ink new deal with Lounsbury Automotive

Tuesday November 6, 2018   For Immediate Release   Miramichi, NB – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2418 have ratified a new collective agreement with Lounsbury Automotive. The three-year agreement provides a one-time wage adjustment of $ .25 per hour in the first year as well as a wage increase of 2 per cent in the first year, a 2 per cent wage increase in the second  year and a

IAM members ratify first agreement with Swissport

Monday November 5, 2018 For Immediate Release   Winnipeg, MB – Members of IAM Local Lodge 714 have ratified their first collective agreement with Swissport. The two-year agreement provides wage increases averaging 2.5 per cent in each year. Other agreement high lights include: sick days for both full and part-time members seniority language now in place Overtime will now be paid beyond regularly scheduled work including days off “Establishing the

IAM ratifies new agreement with Cedarcroft

Friday October 26, 2018 For Immediate Release Stratford, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 103 have ratified a new collective agreement with Cedarcroft Retirement Home in Stratford. “The members were successful in getting an Arbitrator to award several wage adjustments as well as general wage increases,” explained IAM District Lodge 78 Business Representative Kim Valliere. Other agreement highlights include: Improved vision care benefits Improved life insurance benefits Improved nurse-in-charge

Important federal changes welcome, but more needed says IAM’s Pickthall

02 November, 2018 TORONTO – Pearson Airport’s Terminal One was the scene of important changes to Canada’s Labour Code yesterday. Federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu announced legislation improving Canada’s labour standards as outlined in Part III of the Labour Code. Stan Pickthall, Canadian General Vice-President said of the changes, “the parts of the Labour Code have been mostly unchanged since they were first enacted in the 1960s. The IAM has

COPE Ontario Business Representatives join IAM

Monday October 22, 2018   For Immediate Release   Toronto, On – Business Representatives and Administrative staff from the Canadian Office and Professional Employees – COPE – Ontario are the newest members of the IAM. “These are Business Representatives and administrative staff from COPE offices across Ontario in Thunder Bay, Sudbury and Toronto,” explained IAM Grand Lodge Representative Scott Jackson. “This was a collaborative effort with IAM Directing Business Representative

IAM breaks new ground in transportation with organizing win

Montréal, QC – The IAM has broken new ground in the transportation sector in Canada by organizing its first trucking firm. More than 120 workers employed by Transport Laberge are the newest members of IAM Local Lodge 869 and IAM District Lodge 11. “This was a six month campaign that initially concentrated on their operations in Montréal,” explained IAM District Lodge 11 Business Representative Luc Frigon. “But once workers at