Opinion

IAM Canada Statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

As of March 2nd, more than 89,000 people in nearly 60 countries have reported cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world. More than 3,000 people have died as a result. By all accounts, this is serious, and we should all take care of ourselves – and others. During these times, those who cannot go to work, or are forced to stay at home, are in real danger of losing

Turbulence at the airport: if nothing changes, it won't be the last time

This opinion piece appeared in Le Devoir on 03 January, 2020 David Chartrand Quebec Coordinator As the Swissport Airplane fuelers at Pierre Elliott-Trudeau and Mirabel airports take strike action, it is time for the public to better understand the reality of the workers who make a living there. In recent years, there has been a deterioration in working conditions, this deterioration is accompanied by an increase in responsibilities, workload and

The Conservative Play Book

By Derek Ferguson, Special Representative, Political Action Whether it’s the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Act (Bill 9) in Alberta, Ontario’s  Protecting a Sustainable Public Generations Act (Bill 124), or Manitoba’s Public Services Sustainability Act (Bill 28 – Conservative governments across Canada continue to blame Unions for the manufactured fiscal deficits they say they inherited . After waiting nearly two and a half years, Manitoba’s public sector unions finally went to

6500 jobs lost in thirty days – It’s time for organized labour to unite!

In the span of a mere thirty days, disastrous events have taken place with devastating consequences for workers and communities. 2500 jobs will be lost in GM’s Oshawa plant, 1500 at Maple Leaf’s three plants in Ontario and another 2500 as a result of Bombardier layoffs in Quebec. That is a total of a mind boggling 6,500 jobs lost in less than a month- 6,500 worker’s lives shaken to the

What has Ontario gained with its government for the people?

Toronto, ON – He has been in office less than six months and already Premier Doug Ford has turned the province Ontario on its ear and managed to create a political fur ball for his federal counterparts. Last Thursday, Ford decided to cut French services in Ontario seemingly oblivious of the impact the decision has on the fortunes of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer in the upcoming federal election. Moves like

Open letter from David Chartrand, Quebec coordinator of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW)

Bombardier must survive despite the mistakes of its leaders Since Bombardier announced the abolition of 5 000 jobs, including 2 500 in Quebec, a strong anti-Bombardier sentiment is rapidly spreading across the province. The absence of Bombardier’s CEO, Alain Bellemare, at the emergency summit convened by the Minister of Economy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, and his statements to investors gathered in Bay Street, raised the anger of many Quebeckers towards The company

Injured workers at greater risk by massive cut to benefits

The Ontario Workers’ Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is slashing its budget by 30%! The WSIB recently announced an end to its unfunded liability (any financial obligation that does not have savings set aside for it), which is resulting in cuts across the system. The Board intends to cut premiums by a full 30%. GLR Gary Hynes, responsible for Health and Safety at IAM Canada, says, “this is the same

Taking potshots at international unions a disservice to Canadian workers (Op-Ed)

19 October, 2018 In response to columns in your newspaper by John Ivison, I am writing to correct the record, as well as to engage in a broader debate about the state of trade and related issues which are relevant to Canadian workers and their families. The Machinists Union opposes the steel and aluminum tariffs on Canadian workers. Period. There is no debate about the damage these tariffs do Canadian

7 October - World Day for Decent Work: Change the Rules

Workers from around the world will be holding activities to mark the 11th World Day for Decent Work on 7 October. This year’s global theme, “Change the Rules”, highlights the deeply entrenched injustice of the global economic system alongside shrinking democratic space and deteriorating labour rights in many countries, documented in the ITUC Global Rights Index. “The rules are stacked against working people, and that is why we have unprecedented and

Liberal Government continues to dilute Canadian aviation safety

By Carlos Da Costa, IAM Airline Coordinator Transport Minister Marc Garneau has approved Transport Canada delegating the assessment of pilot skills entirely to the airline industry, thus removing that responsibility from Transport Canada inspectors.  This will completely eliminate all evaluations done by Transport Canada for all pilots this fall. The Government claims that this is a result of lack of resources at Transport Canada. The IAM is of the opinion