Days Inn Inks First Agreement with Machinists!

London, On – The 20 members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1295 employed by Days Inn, have ratified their first collective agreement. The two-year agreement provides housekeeping staff with a wage increase from $9.50/hour to $10.70/hour in the first year and increasing to $10.86/hour in the second year. Maintenance staff will receive a wage increase from $10.00/hour to $10.90/hour in the first year and increasing to $11.06/hour in the second year.

Sault Auto Dealers Lockout is Over!

Sault Ste. Marie, ON – After 119 days, the lockout of members of IAMAW Local Lodge 2332 by three auto dealerships is finally over. “It’s taken a long and bitter struggle but we got most of what we were after,” said IAMAW Business Representative Rob Thompson. “We got the standard pension language in the body of the agreement which is what started this whole fiasco and we now have a

G-20 Trade union leaders urge labour ministers to push for job-intensive recovery strategies

Brussels, 20 April 2010: A delegation of trade union leaders from the G20 countries told G20 labour and employment ministers during a meeting in Washington yesterday afternoon that the current fragile economic recovery will be a jobless recovery, or even revert to a renewed decline in output, if governments do not put a stronger emphasis on decent employment creation. Sharan Burrow, President of the Australian Congress of Trade Unions and

Open Letter to Harper Regarding First Nations University

Open Letter to Harper Regarding First Nations University April 2010 To: The Hon. Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada Dear Prime Minister: In June 2008 you did what no prime minister before has been willing to do – offer an apology to former students of Indian residential schools. In that apology you noted that “Two primary objectives of the residential schools system were to remove and isolate children from the

505 Order of Canada Recipients Call for Nuclear Weapons Treaty

 Media Release For Immediate Release 19 April 2010   (Ottawa) – In an unprecedented development, more than 500 recipients of the prestigious Order of Canada have come together to call on governments around the world, including Canada, to bring about the elimination of nuclear weapons. “This is the first time that so many recipients of the Order of Canada have signed a common declaration,” said Murray Thomson, an executive member

Green Economy Network

A GREEN ECONOMY NETWORKWORKING TOGETHER FOR SUSTAINABILITY, JOBS AND FAIRNESS The world is facing unprecedented environmental challenges.  Our continuing production  of greenhouse gases is leading to climate change that threatens to disrupt human life as we know it.   We are heavily dependent on fossil fuels that are increasingly expensive and environmentally-damaging.  At the same time, we face challenges to our economic sustainability.  In Canada, the current downturn is only the

La sécurité des retraites pour tous

Les régimes de pensions et l’épargne-retraite ont été durement frappés par la crise économique, et la sécurité de nombreux Canadiens et Canadiennes est en péril. Certains employeurs veulent même éliminer les régimes à prestations déterminées auxquels leurs employés et employées ont cotisé pendant toute leur vie active. Les personnes qui ont des REER et d’autres pensions privées et qui ont investi considérablement dans le capital-actions et les marchés financiers ont

Retirement security for everyone

Pension plans and retirement savings have been hit hard by the economic crisis and the security of many Canadians is at risk. Some companies even want to cut defined benefit plans that employees paid into throughout their working lives. People with RRSPs and other private pensions that invested heavily in stock and financial markets have seen their investments lose much of their value.   We must expand public pensions and

Machinists Expand in Alberta!

Calgary, AB – Forty maintenance employees at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Limited, are the newest members of the IAMAW. “The company fought this certification but in the end, the Alberta Labour Board sided with the Machinists,” explained a satisfied Rick Arsenault, IAMAW District 14 Directing Business Representative. Unlike most organizing campaigns, this one was not about money. “We have part-time workers who have worked 40 hour weeks for 15

Machinists Sign Four –Year Deal with CPC Pumps!

Burlington, ON – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 235 have ratified a new collective agreement with CPC Pumps International. The four-year agreement provides for wage increases of 2 per cent in each year. Other agreement highlights include :  • Improved benefits • Additional Statutory holiday • Improved job posting language The fifty members manufacture industrial pumps for industries worldwide. IAMAW, among the largest industrial trade unions in North America, represents more