Women’s Issues

Women in Skilled Trades: Reclaiming a 700 Year Tradition

Ivana Saula- Canadian Research Director Yes, you’ve read it correctly, it’s been 700 years since women first began working in skilled trades. A fact that not only challenges what we know of women’s labour history, but it boggles the mind that such a long history in this field exists. As March marks a celebration of women’s history, of struggles overcome and those that remain, we should be reminded that this

Let's campaign for the ratification of ILO C190!

21 November, 2019In June, the International Labour Conference voted overwhelmingly to adopt a new Convention and Recommendation to end violence and harassment in the world of work. The new Convention No. 190 represents an extraordinary opportunity for unions to move their fight against gender-based violence forward. Violence and harassment in the world of work can happen everywhere – online, in the physical workplace, during the commute, where workers rest, eat

International Women’s Day – I am Generation Equality

On March 8, the world will celebrate International Women’s Day, a day to mark the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also calls for all of us to take action to address the unresolved issue of gender parity. Women are playing an ever-increasing and meaningful role in our Union at all levels. The IAM is stronger when all united voices are at the bargaining table. But

Heather Kelley talks about the IAM Canadian Women's Program (on Activate Live)

Activate L!VE: Community Service & Canadian Women’s Conference Tim Suitter of IAM Eastern Territory's Local S6 shares this year’s community service project in Maine and Iamaw Aimta Canada Grand Lodge Representative Heather Kelley previews the 2020 Canadian Women’s Conference. Posted by Machinists Union on Wednesday, December 4, 2019   Share/PartagezFacebookTwitterPrintemail

December 6: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

The IAM and all Canadians remember the 14 female engineering students who were murdered at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989 by an act of gender-based violence. We also commemorate the missing and murdered Aboriginal women, the trans-women and each and every woman in Ontario and across the world whose lives have been harmed or lost to gender-based violence. The 14 women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal, were

Women Machinists at Magellan

Longtime employees say Michelle Park is the first woman machinist to work at this Magellan aerospace shop in about 70 years. She and two other women machinists from Canada’s Local 717T share their passion for the field they love. Share/PartagezFacebookTwitterPrintemail

Nothing is as it appears!

Vancouver, BC – “We would like to believe that we have achieved some level of inclusion in our workplaces, but that simply isn’t true,” said IAM District Lodge 250 Directing Business Representative Walter Gerlach. “When representatives of BC Centre for Women in the Trades (BCCWITT) made their presentation to our delegates meeting earlier this month, they certainly opened a lot of eyes and minds.” BCCWITT is a two-year pilot project

Two IAM Canadian Sisters honoured at the 2019 IAM Women’s Conference

Las Vegas, NV – Two IAM Canadian sisters were honoured at the 2019 IAM Women’s Conference concluded over the weekend. The 2019 Women’s Conference, titled Women Rising Unite the Fight, featured t-shirts bearing the winning design of IAM Local Lodge 2797 President and Communicator, Roswita Hildebrandt. The design, featuring words of empowerment within a solidarity fist, was selected by a panel of independent judges. Roswita has been a union activist

We Got This: Women in Non-Traditional Work

The last day of the conference continued on the momentum set from day one. The morning focused on Sisters who work in non-traditional fields, from steel mills to the fishing industry, proving that women can do it all and anything we set our minds to. However, all panel participants shared that regardless of their skill and knowledge level, they had to work twice as hard just to get their male

Uniting to fight, uniting to organize: Day Two of the Women’s Conference

Uniting to fight, uniting to organize: Day Two of the Women’s Conference Day two of the conference kicked off with several fantastic speakers who shared their experiences and path in the labour movement. It was an uplifting morning leaving attendees energized and inspired to take action. One particularly inspiring speaker shared her story of growing up in the Southern United States during segregation. Her innate sense of justice and fairness