News Releases

ACE and Air Canada Board Liable for breach of pension plan fiduciary duties say Machinists!

Friday February 13, 2009 For Immediate Release Toronto, ON – The IAMAW says the members of the ACE and Air Canada Board of Directors will be liable if ACE goes ahead with its plans to wind up ACE Aviation and distribute the proceeds to its shareholders. “During the past year, the funded position of Air Canada’s pension plans has deteriorated significantly and has imperilled the financial position of retirees and

Machinists ratify new deal with Hudson Bay Mining!

Thursday February 12, 2009 For Immediate Release Flin Flon, MB – The 200 members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1848 have ratified a new three-year collective agreement and avoided binding interest arbitration with Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting. “We were fortunate to reach an agreement and thus avoid the Interest Arbitration process this time around in light of the current economic situation that both primary and secondary manufacturing are facing right

Machinists ratify new agreement with Revco!

Friday February 6, 2009 For Immediate Release Toronto, ON – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 235 have ratified a new collective agreement with Revco Incorporated. “Considering the current economic situation in Canada, this was a good agreement,” said IAMAW District 78 Business Representative Paul Mitchell. “We managed to keep our agreement intact and make some modest gains.” The two-year agreement provides for a wage increase of 1.5 per cent in

Machinists sign first agreement with Bombardier Tube!

Friday February 6, 2009 For Immediate Release Montréal, QC – The newest members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1758 have ratified their first collective agreement with Bombardier Tube Centre. “The biggest challenge facing the negotiating committee was establishing a wage scale that would satisfy the membership,” explained IAMAW District 11 Business Representative Claude Boisvert. “The committee did an outstanding job considering they had no negotiation experience. More than two thirds of

Half-hearted Budget Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Georgetti says government must do more to stimulate economy and help innocent victims of recession OTTAWA – The Canadian Labour Congress says that the federal budget doesn’t go far enough to stimulate the economy and put money into the pockets of Canadians who are innocent victims of the economic recession. “We have called repeatedly on the government to fix the Employment Insurance program so that laid-off workers have adequate benefits

Machinists Achieve Five Years of Stability at Messier-Dowty!

Monday January 26, 2009 For Immediate Release St. Laurent, QC – Both the workers and the company are viewed as winners in the latest contract agreement signed by the members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1758 and Messier-Dowty. “Recognizing the current global economic situation, I feel we were able to negotiate a contract that will ensure the financial stability of our members and the company for the next five years,” explained

Machinists have new deal with ABB Lachine!

Tuesday January 6, 2009 For Immediate Release Montréal, QC – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1660 employed by Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) Incorporated of Lachine, Québec, have a new collective agreement. The three-year deal provides for wage increases of 3 per cent in each year. Other agreement highlights include : •A signing bonus upon ratification of the agreement •New classification of Fitter •Creation of a summer schedule •Three sickness days paid

Ontario Patient Transfer Workers Join Machinists!

Monday January 5, 2009 For Immediate Release Hamilton, ON – Ontario Patient Transfer workers in Hamilton-Wentworth Region are the newest members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The one hundred new members of IAMAW District Lodge 78 provide non-emergency ambulatory patient transfers from Hamilton to Toronto in the east and as far west as Niagara Falls. “Most of the credit for this organizing victory goes to Apprentice

Laura White Ends Historic Term!

Toronto, ON – The first female president in the 116 year history of IAMAW Local Lodge 235 is stepping down. Laura White has come full circle as a member of the IAMAW, serving in a variety of roles on numerous committees before taking on the responsibilities of president three years ago. “She has always risen to the task of representing and empowering women in our union,” said IAMAW District 78

Machinists Expand with Auto Dealers in the Soo!

Thursday November 27, 2008 For Immediate Release Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Office staff and shuttle car drivers employed by Maitland Motors Limited are the newest members of IAMAW Local Lodge 2332. “I credit the efforts of Grand Lodge Representative Pat Murphy and the members of the Local Lodge Executive with the addition of these nine people to our membership,” explained IAMAW District 78 Organizer Scott Jackson. “When you consider