SKF Agreement includes Pension boost for Retirees!

Toronto, On – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 901 have ratified a new collective agreement with SKF Canada Limited that includes a pension boost for retirees. “It’s just another example of how the union looks after its members following their retirement,” explained IAMAW District 78 Business Representative Paul Mitchell. “The bargaining committee deserves all the credit because if there’s a pension benefit improvement for current workers, the committee ensures retirees

CANADA 2010: Annual Survery of violation of trade union rights

In a number of provinces, the laws fail to provide statutory protection for certain groups of workers to organise and contain restrictions on the right to strike. The Conservative Government announced budgetary measures that would circumvent negotiated salary agreements in the public sector. Trade union rights in law Trade union rights are officially guaranteed in federal legislation, but there are concerns regarding the provincial laws. While the right to form

International Transport Federation 42nd Congress, Mexico City 2010

The 42nd ITF Congress is being held in Mexico City from 5 to 12 August 2010. Mexico’s geographical location and character has, inevitably, determined the way the country’s transport industry has evolved. Surrounded by the sea – the Pacific to the South and West; the Gulf of Mexico to the East; and the Caribbean Sea in the southeast – there is a vital shipping industry with 76 seaports. Of these,

Machinists Sign Up More Patient Transfer Workers!

Kitchener, On – Employees at Ontario Patient Transfer’s newest base in Kitchener, west of Toronto, are the latest members of the Machinists. The newest additions to IAMAW Local Lodge 1295 bring the total number of IAMAW members at OPT to 182 at bases in Hamilton, Kitchener, Winchester and Arnprior. ‘These workers were looking for representation and a champion for their concerns over province-wide regulation and standardization of the industry,” said

Machinists Ratify First Agreement with Voyageur

Sarnia, On – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1295 employed as Medical Attendants by Voyageur Patient Transfer Services are all smiles after ratifying their first collective agreement. “These people joined the Machinists for better representation, wages and respect on the job and I think we delivered that in this first collective agreement,” explained IAMAW District 78 Organizer Ralph Martin. “A premium for on-call work was a big issue for the

Petition to the House of Commons – “Stolen Sisters”

HAUT WHEREAS: The Native Women’s Association of Canada, as part of their Sisters in Spirit campaign, has identified 520 missing and murdered Aboriginal women whose cases go back to 1970; the equivalent in the whole Canadian population would be 18,000 missing or murdered women. This research has convinced the following Canadians that violence against Aboriginal women must be stopped and that we need to find the strategies, resources and tools

Machinists Seek First Contract on Eve of Stampede!

Calgary, AB – Maintenance workers at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede will attempt to draw public attention to their stalled contract negotiations as the Stampede opens for its 112th season. The 42 members of IAMAW Local Lodge 99 are seeking their first collective agreement as well as a solution to their biggest problem. “Over half of this membership is part-time but they’re working 40 hours a week for only half

Machinists Welcome Seymour Workers!

North Bay, On – Workers at Seymour Windows & Doors Limited are the newest members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. “These workers were looking for someone to represent their concerns with their employer and they found a voice with the Machinists,” said IAMAW District 78 Organizer Scott Jackson. “This organizing victory was made possible through the efforts of Ernie Giroux, of IAMAW Local Lodge 2412. He’s

Machinists sign new Agreement with Rolls Royce Canada!

Lachine, QC – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 2468, employed as office technicians at Rolls Royce Canada, have a new collective agreement. The 170 members ratified the new three-year agreement by a margin of 80 per cent. The new agreement provides for a lump sum payment of $2,500 in the first year and wage increases of 2 percent and 2.5 per cent in the second and third year respectively. The