Political Action

Time Is Running Out to Support the Aerospace Industry - Alarm Bells Getting Louder

Canada has been a leader in aerospace for decades; we are renowned for our contribution and expertise in maintenance and repair overhaul, research and development, and perhaps most notably, the Canadarm of the Space Shuttle, Dextre of the International Space Shuttle, and state of the art satellite communication platforms. Stan Pickthall, the General Vice President of IAMAW Canada stressed that, “The aerospace industry is part of our international business profile;

Letter to Justin Trudeau: The survival of the aerospace sector compromised; you must act

Montreal June 15, 2020 To the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada I am writing to you today as a representative of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) to express my concern about the future of aerospace in Canada. As elsewhere in the world, our aerospace ecosystem is not immune to the economic impacts of COVID-19. Many workers in this industry have lost their jobs,

IAM Canada Statement on Anti-Black Racism

Race is not an easy conversation in Canada. It never has been. Racism is embedded within all of us. We were brought up with it – many of us not even knowing we carried it around. I hope we can change that. The COVID-19 pandemic has fanned the flames of racism across Canada and the world. We have seen anti-Asian racism rear its ugly head during this crisis – and

Alberta's Bill 1 - SAY NO!

Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Government (UPC) swept into power last year with Alberta’s Union’s firmly in their sights. Of the of bills they have passed since, two in particular clearly indicate the conservative government’s position on organized labour and the value of the public services communities rely on. Bill 2 (An Act to Make Alberta Open for Business), cut public services, laid off front-line workers, and ended a ban on

MACHINISTS UNION CALLS OUT AIR CANADA OVER “ABANDONMENT OF WORKERS”

May 19, 2020 — For Immediate Release “Air Canada needs to come to the table and maintain its employees on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program.” This is the message from General Vice President Stan Pickthall, of Air Canada’s largest Union. As the Union representing over 10,000 Union members at Air Canada, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), is calling out the corporation for its abandonment

Pickthall letter to Ministers Morneau and Garneau

May 7, 2020 By email:   bill.morneau@parl.gc.ca marc.garneau@parl.gc.ca The Honourable Bill Morneau, P.C., M.P. Minister of Finance House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 The Honourable Marc Garneau, P.C., M.P. Minister of Transport House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Dear Honourable Ministers Morneau and Garneau, Re:      Extension of Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy I’m writing you on behalf of 36,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW)

The Pandemic Experience: From the perspective of IAMAW Sisters

The pandemic is putting strain on many things, but not on the solidarity of IAM sisters! 28 IAM sisters and brothers connected on May 5th , a day that also commemorates missing and murdered indigenous women, to discuss the unique issues women face during the pandemic. The impact of the pandemic has not been the same for everyone; for instance, we know low wage earners are impacted by joblessness at

Working for the Community (CLC Campaign)

To: Members of the CLC Canadian Council Greetings, I hope this email finds you well. The Canadian Labour Congress is pleased to share with you that we will be launching an important new project to pay tribute to Canada’s essential workers this coming May Day. We will need your help to make it a success. This campaign aims to spotlight workers in various sectors who are helping to keep our

Message from GVP Stan Pickthall to IAM members - 6 April, 2020

TEXT OF GVP STAN PICKTHALL’S VIDEO Sisters and Brothers, my name is Stan Pickthall and I’m the General Vice-President of the Machinists Union here in Canada. It’s been four weeks now since we called a pandemic, and lives have changed for all of us in so many ways. We’re staying at home, we’re staying socially isolated, we’re staying physically isolated and we’re trying to maintain distance in order to do

Letter to banks from CLC President Hassan Yussuff

To: Members of the CLC Canadian Council Labour Council Presidents Greetings: I am following up on my letter from yesterday about the targeted campaign the Canadian Labour Congress has launched to call on the big banks and credit card companies to help struggling families by significantly reducing credit card interest rates. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread anxiety among Canadians about their health and economic security. We’re all making