Magellan Avoids Strike with New Deal!

Winnipeg, MB – The threat of strike action against Magellan Aerospace in Stony Mountain has produced a new four-year agreement for members of IAMAW Local Lodge 741. “This wasn’t the deal we wanted but the bargaining committee has to be commended for its hard work in bringing back a package the membership could accept,” said IAMAW District Lodge 181 Directing Business Representative Wayne Relf. The membership had given its bargaining

CanJet Workers Join the Machinists!

Halifax, NS – Dispatch workers at CanJet Limited in Halifax have joined the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The six new members provide all flight planning, routing and weather forecasts for the pilots of the Charter Airline. “This is a foot in the door for us with this airline,” said IAMAW District 140 General Chairperson and Organizer Ian Morland. “This department is expanding and other workers with this

We Must End the Violence Against Women Now!

Toronto, ON – “We must stop the violence against women now,” said IAMAW Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie. ‘We have to put into practice the words we have been saying about this issue for far too long.” Ritchie urged all of his members to take part in community, national and international campaigns on December 6th to end the violence against women. Local vigils as well as other events are

Postcard campaign targets violence against women

OTTAWA – The Canadian Labour Congress is asking Canadians to send 20 postcards in 20 days to the prime minister telling him to take action now to end violence against women. “On December 6th it will be 20 years since 14 young women were murdered in Montreal simply because they were women,” says Barbara Byers, Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress. “Ironically, as this anniversary approaches, our government is

Machinists Take Strike Vote at Swissport WestJet Christmas Flights at Risk!

Vancouver, BC – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 16 employed by Swissport at Vancouver International Airport, have given their bargaining committee a strike mandate by a margin of 94 per cent. The possibility of a strike could have a significant impact on WestJet flights over the Christmas holidays! “This vote was necessary because bargaining talks with the employer have reached an impasse,” said IAMAW District 140 General Chairperson Todd Haverstock.

Machinists Ratify new deal with Bombardier!

Winnipeg, MB – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 32 have ratified a new three-year agreement with Bombardier Military Aviation Training. The agreement provides wage increases of 2 per cent in the first year, 2.5 per cent in the second year and 3 per cent in the third year. “This was a significant victory for us,” said IAMAW District 140 General Chairperson and Organizer Tony Didoshak. “We held our position on

Machinists Ratify Final Offer with Electrolux!

L’Assomption, QC – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1148, have ratified a new collective agreement with Electrolux Company by a margin of 62 per cent. The three-year agreement provides for wage increases of $1.05 per hour for the duration of the agreement. Other contract highlights include : • Employer contribution to the pension plan increases from $25.75 to $26.50 per week between 2010 and 2012. • Increased allocation for safety shoes

Univar backs down on tiered wage demands

Toronto, On – A strike at Univar Canada Limited by members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1922 has been avoided. “We were set to walk out tonight over the issue of two-tiered wage structuring if the company didn’t drop it from the bargaining table,” explained IAMAW District 78 Directing Business Representative Gary Hynes. “We avoided a strike at the last minute because our bargaining team and the membership stood their ground

Winning Photo Breaks the Ice for Obama

Ottawa, On – IAMAW Local Lodge 2323 member Jim Stewart’s photo of IAMAW members de-icing Air Force One during President Barack Obama’s first visit to Canada in February, was the first place winner in the 2009 IAM Photography Contest. Jim took the picture of IAMAW Local Lodge 2413 members Nigel George (left) and Al Johnston (right) as they applied de-icing fluid to Air Force One prior to its departure from

Machinists Expand at Toronto’s Pearson Airport!

Toronto, On – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have yet again expanded their membership at Pearson International Airport. Two hundred employees of Toronto Ground Airport Services, a subsidiary of BBH Services, are the newest members of IAMAW Local Lodge 2323. “This is a very rewarding victory over an aggressive and anti-union employer,” said a very happy IAMAW District 140 Organizer Ian Morland. “This campaign has been ongoing