COV Staying Safe

Pickthall, IAM Canada commend government on 10-day sick leave

26 May 2020 For immediate release Toronto, ON – IAM Canadian General Vice-President Stan Pickthall commended the federal government on seeking agreements with provincial and territorial governments to provide 10 days of paid sick leave to workers infected with COVID-19. “This is potentially very good news for those who have put their bodies and their lives on their line to provides services and goods so the rest of us can

Despite Flood and Fire – The Story of IAM LL99 member Des Doerksen (and friends)

5 May 2020 Fort McMurray, AB – How much disaster can a person handle? Ask Desmond (Des) Doerksen. He’s a member of IAM Local 99 in Alberta and he lost three houses in the last four years – two to floods and one to fire. Des lost his first home during the great fires in Fort McMurray in 2016. Ironically, it wasn’t fire that destroyed his house, but water. Due

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

IAM Local Lodge 1857 breathe a little easier after Saputo announcement

The 30 members of IAM Local Lodge 1857 in British Columbia are breathing a little easier after their employer, Saputo Inc. announced a commitment to not having any layoffs during the COVID-19 crisis. Dale Gentile, Business Representative for IAM District 250 said, “Saputo has demonstrated their loyalty to their employees by not laying anyone off and paying them if they should fall sick. I for one, when deciding to purchase

ONLINE ZOOM WORKSHOPS for all IAM members

The work we do can be stressful. Our lives at home can also contribute to this stress. The onset of COVID-19 has affected most IAM members in some way or another, which has only made things more difficult to manage. We want you to know that stress CAN be managed. We simply need the tools to help us. IAM District 140 Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) have contracted with

Fighting Machinists team up, get crucial protections for pre-board screeners

Toronto, ON – The airline industry in Canada has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. Thousands of airport workers have been laid off, airlines have grounded fleets and associate airport business have been shuttered. For those still employed and going to work at the airport, it can be an unnerving experience as the virus has not stopped it spread. “Some airport employers have been better than others when it

Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living - Day of Mourning 2020

Tuesday, April 28 is the labour movement’s most solemn day.  The National Day of Mourning remembers those workers killed or injured on the job The Canadian Labour Congress first declared the Day in 1984. More than 100 countries now observe the Day too. This National Day of Mourning, we recognize the many workers in Canada who have lost their lives or who have been injured at work. Every year, hundreds of thousands more

IAM Staying Connected During the Corona Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has changed practically every aspect of our lives. As a society, and as a community we are navigating a landscape that is unknown and precarious. For the IAM, the pandemic has made connecting with our members challenging as the building block of our relationship with members has been face-to-face communication. At a time when our members need us the most, the IAM has shown its ability to