Ottawa, ON – There is a growing awareness of the IAM in Ottawa political circles. In Mid –April, 70 Machinist members took part in a mass political lobby of MP’s conducted by the Canadian Labour Congress. Our members lobbied all three parties on the need to raise the Canada Pension Plan contributions, stop the Trans Pacific Partnership and stop the import of asbestos into Canada.
Toronto, ON – The fight for a $15/hour minimum wage at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport has gained momentum with the ratification of a new three-year collective agreement for the newest members of IAM District Lodge 140 employed at Sage Parts Canada.
Toronto, ON – A province-wide state of emergency exists in Alberta as fires continue to burn out of control in Fort McMurray. In excess of 88,000 residents have been evacuated from that city after 1600 homes were destroyed and more than 10,000 hectares consumed.
Ottawa, ON – An IAM delegation to the Federal Standing Committee on Transport revealed flaws in Bill C-10 – The Air Canada Public Participation Act – and asked the committee to send it back to House of Commons with recommendations that would ensure the survival and growth of the aircraft maintenance, repair and 0verhaul (MRO) industry.