Political Action

The Quebec Election – changing four quarters for a dollar!

Montréal, QC – “Making an informed decision in this election will be difficult for our members,” explained IAM Quèbec Coordinator David Chartrand. “There is little to choose between the front runners.” He believes that significant failures in education, health and social services have tainted the incumbent Liberal government (PLQ) under Premier Phillippe Couillard. However the threats to workers presented by the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) under Francois Legault, leave IAM

The next federal election is the theme of Canadian PAC symposium

Hollywood, MD – The 2019 federal election is the theme of this years’ Canadian Political Action Symposium. For the past several years Canadian IAM political activists gather at the William W Winpisinger Education Centre to strategize, organize and plan the IAM Canada political agenda for the coming months and year. This week 77 IAM Canadian political activists discussed not only the 2019 federal election, but provincial elections this year in

The way forward in Québec

The IAM and five other unions have joined forces on a public awareness campaign to show their members (and voters) the way forward in the next Québec elections. Approximately 1,600 placards were distributed in the Taschereau constituency in the Quebec City area, Pointe-aux-Trembles in the Montreal area, Roberval in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, and Saint-Jérôme in the Laurentians. The union coalition installed large signs on utility poles with the message, “It’s the same

Latest poll shows NDP in first with Liberal collapse!

Toronto, ON – The latest Forum Research poll shows support for Kathleen Wynne’s ruling Liberal party collapsing, placing the NDP rather than the Tories in the best position to form a majority government in two weeks’ time. The poll of 906 randomly selected Ontario voters has determined that 47 per cent of decided or leaning respondents now support the NDP compared to 33 per cent for the Progressive Conservative party

International Workers Day pushes for better access to Pearson!

Mississauga, ON – Better access to Pearson International Airport through public transportation was the theme of this year’s International Workers Day and Festival at the nation’s largest airport. The Toronto Airport Workers Council, including members of the IAM, circulated a petition to Metrolinx, asking the public transportation organization to discount transit fares for airport workers, stressing the need for reliable 24/7 public transportation, to and from Toronto’s single largest employer.

New Power for Labour Board buried deep inside provincial budget!

Toronto, ON – Buried deep in the pre-election budget Bill delivered by Ontario’s Liberal government last month is a provision to give the Labour Board power over the democratic rights of industrial unions in this province. Bill 31 is what is termed an Omnibus Bill, a Bill which contains several issues not related to the budget itself, in particular ‘Schedule 14’.Under this new regulation, any attempt by a parent union

Submission by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers on Schedule 14 of Bill 31, Plan for Care and Opportunity Act (Budget Measures), 2018

Who We Are The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) is an international union of more than 650,000 members throughout North America. It is divided into 1,143 local lodges including 65 in Canada, holding more than 5,000 collective agreements with more than 200 companies in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico. The IAMAW is the largest union at Pearson International Airport, Toronto’s largest single employer, with

IAM VP nominated for NDP in Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte

Barrie, ON – IAM Local Lodge 2323 Vice President Dan Janssen has been nominated as the NDP candidate in the upcoming June 7th provincial election in the new riding of Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte. This is Janssen’s first venture into politics. He has been a strong activist within the IAM for the $15 and Fairness campaign as well as a strong advocate for Worker’s Rights for our union and all workers at Toronto

Airport privatization on hold in the wake of Machinists petition!

Ottawa, ON – On Tuesday April 17th, the IAM petition opposing airport privatization is presented in the House of Commons, then on Friday April 20th, Transport Minister Marc Garneau announces the government will not proceed with airport privatization at this time. Coincidence, perhaps, but there’s no denying we had an impact! “You can’t ignore more than six thousand signatures from the people most affected by this idea,” explains IAM Canadian

IAM anti-airport privatization petition introduced in Parliament!

Ottawa, ON – The IAM took another step in its fight against airport privatization in Canada when NDP Parliamentary Leader Guy Carron presented the IAM petition to Parliament. More than six thousand IAM members, friends and family members signed our anti-airport privatization petition which opposes government plans to privatize 18 of Canada’s largest airports. “It was very gratifying to see Guy Caron present our petition in the House of Commons