COV Staying Safe

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

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

#PhysicalDistancing - Three tweets from Dr. Teresa Tam, The Chief Public Health Office

Dr. Teresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada is suggesting a more accurate term to use in these times of crisis. Words are important because they can also dictate our behaviour. 1/3 Ok Canada, you said it #PhysicalDistancing is the new #SocialDistancing! We need to ↑ physical distance but NOT ↓ our virtual social interactions. Therefore, going forward I will be using #PhysicalDistancing. #COVID19 #TogetherApart 2/3 Practice #PhysicalDistancing