Political Action

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s Fate (CATSA): One Step Closer to Privatization

Ottawa, ON – The federal budget contained an important piece of information that was hidden deep within the 400 page document; the possibility of privatizing CATSA. It’s an issue that the IAMAW has lobbied on offering solutions that would ensure better services to the public as well as ensuring cost-efficiency. The information contained in the budget was scarce, leaving much to speculation signaling the possibility of privatizing CATSA should the

Pickthall unveils IAM National Aerospace Strategy in B.C.

Richmond, BC – IAM Canada continued with its campaign to create a national aerospace strategy.  On consecutive days beginning February 20th, the IAM toured two aerospace plants where we represent workers to discuss the IAM Strategy document, “Grounded Potential’, with members and management of those companies. Stan Pickthall, Ron Fontaine, Fred Hospes, Tania Canniff, and Steward Jim Mathieson met with over 300 IAM members in their MTU workplace to discuss

Taking our message to the Hill

Ottawa, ON – More than 350 union and political activists, including 72 IAM members, roamed the offices of 200 MP’s and Senators on Parliament Hill this week lobbying for a national Pharmacare Plan, Pension Reform, and Labour Law Reform. The IAM members also lobbied the politicians to support the call for a National Aerospace Strategy. IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall and IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand were front

Singh defies critics – Wins Burnaby South by-election!

  Burnaby, BC – Despite repeated negative coverage by the mainstream media, Jagmeet Singh, Leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party, (NDP), won the federal by-election in Burnaby South on Monday February 25th by a comfortable margin, proving critics wrong – again. In his acceptance speech, Singh thanked all those who believed in him and worked hard to help him win the by-election. He also promised to visit Quebec the following

Meeting of Quebec Aerospace Industry  Key players with Minister Fitzgibbon - One more step in the right direction

For immediate release Meeting of Quebec Aerospace Industry Key players with Minister Fitzgibbon – One more step in the right direction Montreal, February 22 – Significant progress has been made in helping to relocate workers who will be affected by the abolition of 2500 positions announced by Bombardier last November. At the November 12 meeting, the machinists ‘ union had suggested to deploy ways to facilitate reclassification and provide training

BC NDP maintain power with by-election win in Nanaimo!

Nanaimo, BC – The ruling NDP government in British Columbia remains in power thanks to a by-election win by former NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson this week in the riding of Nanaimo. It means Premier John Horgan’s minority government and its Green Party allies will continue to hold 44 seats, to the Liberals’42 with the speaker of the house MLA Daryl Plecas sitting as an independent. Malcolmson captured 49 per cent

IAM will unveil Aerospace Report

Montréal, QC – IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall and IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand will unveil the IAM’s Aerospace report in Montreal on Monday February 4th. This major report emphasizes the urgency of addressing challenges in the Canadian Aerospace sector. “This industry employs 208,000 Canadians in well-paid stable middle class and family supporting jobs,” said Pickthall. “However up to one third of those workers are eligible to retire

The Value of member engagement!

Toronto, ON – Being a Union political activist takes time, your time, time that could be spent doing other things so if you want change for the better, you’re going to have to dedicate your time. In short, if you don’t like the government you have, put your time where your mouth is and do something about it. Get involved in the political process. “IAM political action committee members know

Machinist Political Activists ramp up as federal by-elections called!

Toronto, ON – Voters in B.C., Quebec and Ontario are heading to the polls early and IAM political activists wasted no time ramping up efforts for these by-elections and the federal election in the fall. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced January 9th that by-elections for the ridings of York-Simcoe in Ontario, Outremont in Québec and Burnaby-South in B.C. will be held February 25th. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is hoping voters

Canada needs a National Aerospace Strategy Now – IAM Report!

Toronto, ON – Canada needs a national aerospace strategy now, requiring action from both provincial and federal governments according a report compiled by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). The aerospace industry faces two major challenges, which the IAM outlines as part of its industry report set to be released in the coming weeks. “What seems to have been lost on politicians has been on the IAM’s