Political Action

The Future of Canada’s Air Transportation Sector - Letter to the new Transportation Minister

January 12, 2021 The Honourable Omar Alghabra Minister of Transport House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 Re: The Future of Canada’s Air Transportation Sector Dear Minister Alghabra: The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your recent appointment as Federal Transport Minister. You are assuming this portfolio at a time of unprecedented crisis in the air transportation industry

Universal Childcare: Pays For Itself and Critical for the Economic Recovery

The Centre for Future Work recently released a study of universal childcare’s importance to the economic recovery, stressing that it’s socially beneficial but just how critical it is to the economic recovery. The study highlights that universal childcare is not a lofty goal, it’s a program that would pay for itself, and would give the Canadian economy a much needed boost Universal childcare has been on the political agenda for

NDP introduces two new bills to protect Canadian workers

December 3, 2020 OTTAWA – Today, New Democrats presented a package of bills to protect and improve the lives of working Canadians. MP Scott Duvall (Hamilton Mountain) introduced the bills, which will protect workers in the event of a strike or a lockout and also protect the pensions and benefits of workers caught up in corporate bankruptcy proceedings. “Both of the bills I introduced today will offer workers the protection

Fiscal Announcement A Let Down For Air Transportation and Aerospace Industries

On Monday November 30, 2020, the Canadian Government gave an economic update for 2020, which was the first economic update since March 2019. Given the impact of the pandemic across the economy, the anxiously anticipated briefing provided insight into the state of Canadian economy, and the hotly debated deficit. Of significant interest to the IAMAW are the government’s support for air transportation, aerospace, and the long-term care sector. Unfortunately, the

Canada’s Aviation Industry Requires Action Now!

For almost the entire year of 2020, the IAM has been lobbying the Federal Government for assistance directed toward the aviation sector. IAM members and their families are urged to support our ongoing efforts by signing onto the Federal NDP’s petition: https://www.ndp.ca/aviation. 2020 has been a year like no other – that is something on which we all can agree. And the Air Transportation and Aviation sector has been impacted

Workers and workers’ rights still under attack in Alberta

By Derek Ferguson, GLR Political Action Bill 47 – The most recent attack on worker’s rights by the Jason Kenney Alberta UCP government misleadingly is named the “Ensuring Safety and Cutting Red Tape Act”. The so-called “Red Tape” contained in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS Act) and the Workers’ Compensation Act. This will harm Alberta’s workers rather than ensure their safety. Kenny’s Bill 47 guts the OHS legislation:

Machinists Union Will Partner with Biden-Harris Administration to Heal Country, Bring Our Jobs Home!

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2020 – Robert Martinez Jr., International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), released the following statement regarding the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the next president and vice president of the United States: “The American people have spoken, and democracy has prevailed. Our union and our nation are moving forward with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to do the

BC Voters Show Confidence in NDP

Even though it could take some time before the nearly half a million mail in ballots are counted, voters in BC appear to have elected a majority NDP government for the first time since 1996. Premier elect John Horgan and the NDP are projected to win in 55 of B.C.’s 87 ridings, compared to 29 for the Liberals and three for the Green Party. Heavily involved in the NDP’s resurgence in Richmond, including moderating