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Machinists Ratify with Domclean Ltd.

Thursday August 25, 2016


For Immediate Release


Stratford, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 103 have ratified a new collective agreement with Domclean Ltd.

The three-year agreement provides wage increases of 2 per cent in the first year, and 2.4 per cent in the second and third year respectively. Other agreement highlights include:

  • Improved bereavement leave
  • Improved overtime language
  • Increased safety boot allowance


Machinists Organize Toys R Us The First in North America



Thursday August 25, 2016


For Immediate Release


LaSalle, QC – The IAM has organized the first Toys R Us outlet in North America. The 35 workers are now the newest members of IAM Local Lodge 1148.

“The combination of poor working conditions, salaries just above minimum wage and annual performance reviews that created a lot of discontent among the majority of the workers, led to this organizing victory,” explained IAM District 11 Organizer Philippe Lapointe.

Rise Up! CLC Human Rights Conference The Rise Up! CLC Human Rights Conference brings our movement's diverse activists and allies together in a unique space for forward-thinking strategies and skills. Rise Up! will explore ways to renew the labour movement, celebrate our diversity, and better understand the changing nature of work.

LL 2323 barbecue keeps on growing

LL 2323 barbecue

Mississauga, ON – Feed them and they will come. It’s an old adage but it’s true and the turnout for the IAM Local Lodge 2323 barbecue continues to grow.

Machinists Ratify with Belcourt Manor

Wednesday August 3, 2016


For Immediate Release


Orleans, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1295 have ratified a new four-year collective agreement with Belcourt Manor Retirement Home.


CETA: The Erosion of Workers’ Rights





By Aurélie Sarrabezolles
IAM Research Director for Canada

Basic Newsletter Development Class November 13-18, 2016

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


Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Canada Pension Plan expansion: What it means to you

By Aurélie Sarrabezolles
IAM Research Director for Canada
On June 20, 2016, the Federal Government and the finance ministers of eight provinces agreed to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), starting on January 1, 2019, and to be fully implemented by 2025. The provinces of Quebec and Manitoba did not sign the agreement. 
This article in an overview of the reform. Another article with practical examples will follow.
Major Changes 

Political Action - Right Reason, Right People = Respect and Recognition!

Machinists have become a household name amongst Canada’s Parliamentarians in Ottawa. We conducted intense lobbying in three sessions:
The first occurred in April when the Machinists brought the largest delegation to a Canadian Labour Congress Lobby on the Trans Pacific Partnership, the Canada Pension Plan and the health threats posed by asbestos.
The results were significant because the government has recently announced improvements to the Canada Pension Plan, it wasn’t what we wanted but it shows we had an impact.

Union Drives slowed by Bill Delay

Ottawa, ON – Many Canadian unions have placed their membership drives on hold because a Liberal labour-bill designed to overturn a Conservative law on certification has yet to be passed.


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