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Colombian Trade Unions Back Peace Accord

Colombia’s three trade union centres CGT, CTC and CUT have given strong backing to a “Yes” vote in the upcoming plebiscite on the peace accord to end decades of civil conflict in the country.
A joint event organised by the three union centres in Medellín on 15 September, attended by 5,000 people, gave a strong endorsement to the Accord. Uruguayan Senator and former President José “Pepe” Mujica addressed the event, along with the Presidents of the three organisations, TUCA General Secretary Víctor Báez and ITUC Deputy General Secretary Jaap Wienen.

Machinists Ratify with Metrolinx/Go Transit

Monday September 26, 2016


For Immediate Release


Toronto, ON – The members of IAM Local lodge 235 have ratified a new collective agreement with Metrolinx/Go Transit.

The four-year agreement provides wage increases of 1.5 per cent in the first and second years respectively, 1.75 per cent in the third year and 2 per cent in the fourth year. Other agreement highlights include:

  • Improved health benefits
  • Maternity pay top up
  • Increased shift premiums
  • Numerous contract language improvements


Canada must not ratify ‘fundamentally flawed’ European trade pact

September 15, 2016
Canada must not ratify ‘fundamentally flawed’ European trade pact

IAMAW Canada Submission on the Emerson Report

Submission by the

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

to Transport Canada

in response to the Canada Transportation Act Review Report

August 2016

Grand Lodge Convention: Remembering two deceased Machinists

Remembering Paul Mitchell

IAM District 78 Directing Business Representative Derek Ferguson rose on a point of privilege to have delegates to take a moment of silence to remember for DL78 DBR Paul Mitchell who passed away in 2013.

Derek Ferguson honours Paul Mitchell



Grand Lodge Convention: Everyone wants a tie

Throughout the week, the IAM grand convention delegates have created a new revenue source – selling the ties of the members of the IAM Executive Council. It began with International President Bob Martinez, and continued with Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall, whose tie fetched $950 for the Guide Dogs of America.

IAM Grand Lodge Convention 2016

The IAM Grand Lodge Convention attracted more than 1400 delegates from across North America including 114 from Canada. This convention also marks the first time that more than 80 per cent of the delegates were attending their first convention.

Canadian delegates

Canadian delegates

CLC President Yussuff addresses Grand Lodge Convention

Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff addressed more than 1400 delegates attending the 39th Grand Lodge Convention this week in Chicago. He told delegates that America is faced with its most important presidential election in recent history and that Americans and the IAM membership must do everything to prevent Republican nominee Donald Trump from taking office.

Basic Newsletter Development Class

July 29, 2016
Subj: Basic Newsletter Development Class
November 13-18, 2016
at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center
To All District Lodge Presidents and Secretary-Treasurers, Local Lodge Presidents and Recording Secretaries, TCU Carmen Division Officers, National Representatives, Assistant National Representatives and Local Lodge Officers

Machinists Expand in Auto Sector Again

Wednesday August 31, 2016


For Immediate Release


Vaughan, ON – This Labour Day will take on new meaning for the 55 service department employees of Sisley Honda in Vaughan because they have joined a union.

Earlier today they voted in favour of joining the IAM.


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