There has never been a better time to join a union!

Progress provokes pushback, always has always will – Columnist Michael Coren Toronto, ON – January 1st marked an increase in the minimum wage in Ontario, it rose from $11.60 an hour to $14.00 an hour and it will increase January 1, 2019 to $15.00 an hour. Not surprisingly, the reaction from business was immediate and predictable. The Bank of Canada reported that this increase will cost 60,000 jobs. The surprise

Two Countries – One Union

By Bill Trbovich – IAM Director of Communications for Canada Toronto, ON – Canada and the United States share the world’s longest undefended border between two countries, some 8,891 kilometers or 5,525 miles touching four Great Lakes, eight provinces and 13 states. We speak the same language, English, although Canada’s second official language is French. We have a similar currency although the American dollar is worth a little more than

‟Paradise Papers”  When we discover why rich People like Offshore Tax Havens so much

What are the ‟Paradise Papers”? Thanks to a leak of millions of documents from a law firm located in Bermuda and in the Cayman Islands called Appleby, and to the tireless work of journalists through the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the world is sadly discovering what the ‟secrets of the global elite” are to avoid paying taxes. In Canada, CBC/Radio-Canada and The Toronto Star were involved in the

Aviation Safety Study – A Waste of Taxpayer’s Time and Money!

By Carlos DaCosta – IAM Canadian Airline Coordinator On April 2017, the IAM made a presentation to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (SCOTIC) regarding Aviation safety concerns our members are experiencing in the air transport sector in Canada. The IAM received a response from Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau on October 18, 2017 and was very disappointed. The IAM’s submission dealt with two separate areas of concerns:

Renegotiating NAFTA – a second chance to get it right!

Much noise has been made of the Trump administration’s “buy America” agenda. The noise on the Canadian side of the border is more of a whisper, but it is time we made our voices heard. It is time for transparency from the Canadian government on their negotiating agenda and strategy, and to ensure Canadian interests are advocated and represented. Renegotiating NAFTA gives Canadians an opportunity to aggressively pursue an agenda

Aviation Safety Submission to Tran Commitee

Submission to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities on Aviation Safety Who we are The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is the largest union in the air transport sector in Canada and in North America. The IAM represents over 50,000 members across Canada, of which 20,000 work in the aviation, aerospace and air transportation sector. We represent over 500,000 members in North America. In the airport

Low-cost doesn’t necessarily mean best value!

Most of us are familiar with Low Cost Carriers (LCC) by now. The names are familiar: WestJet, Rouge, Southwest, Ryanair… After about 15 years of existence and rapid growth, LCC are now reviewing how to expand their wings again to keep up with the same growth as in the past. While they continue to post profits along with other airline carriers, their costs continue to climb as they expand their markets

As Trump pushes Buy American – Pickthall cautions “Canada is not China!”

In his latest executive order signing, US President Donald Trump directed US federal agencies to implement the “Buy American, Hire American” mandate that was the cornerstone of his election campaign. During a visit to of the headquarters of Snap-On Tools, in Kenosha, Wisconsin this week, Trump lauded American “grit and craftsmanship while calling the NAFTA trade deal a complete and total disaster. “This order will protect workers,” he said. According