Fairfield Workers Ratify First Agreement!

Brampton, ON – Housekeeping staff at the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriot in Brampton, members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1295, have ratified their first collective agreement. The agreement provides wage increases of 40 cents per hour in each of the year agreement. Other agreement highlights include : • Hours of work awarded by seniority • Improved vacation benefits • Two additional holidays • Benefits package improved The 12 members were

Pension Benefit Increases Key to Mettler Toledo Deal!

Mississauga, ON – Significant pension benefit increases were the key ingredient in a new collective agreement ratified by the members of IAMAW Local Lodge 235 with Mettler Toledo. “The membership wanted significant increases in pension benefits and wages and this bargaining committee delivered an agreement which was ratified by a 90 per cent margin,” said IAMAW District Lodge 78 Business Representative Derek Ferguson. The three-year agreement provides wage increases of

Combined Organizing Effort Nets New Members in Ottawa!

Ottawa, ON – A combined effort by organizers from IAMAW District Lodges 78 and 11 was successful in bringing workers at the Kingsway Arms St Joseph Manor Retirement Home in to the Machinists Union. “We said after we organized the Kingsway Arms head office in Bowmanville we would specifically target other locations of this company and this is following through with that plan,” said IAMAW District Lodge 78 organizer Scott

IAM Wins Representation Vote at United Airlines!

Washington, D.C. – The IAM grew by 7,300 members on Thursday August 11th, thanks to a victory in the election to determine union representation for more than 14,100 Fleet/Ramp workers at the new United Airlines, the carrier formed by the merger of United Airlines, Continental Airlines and Continental Micronesia. The election, which was conducted by the National Mediation Board (NMB), was between the IAM, which represented 6,800 United Airlines Ramp/Fleet

IAM members at Finning vote to end five-week strike

29 July, 2011 Vancouver, B.C. – IAM members from across British Columbia voted 74% in favour of ratifying the contract between the Machinists and Finning. The IAM members from 25 locations across the province walked the picket line for five weeks before reaching an agreement. Wages, benefits, shifts and sub-contracting were the four major issues of concern for the workers who voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action. “This is

Jack Layton (1950-2011)

  The Machinists Union mourns the passing of Jack Layton. Jack was Leader of Canada’s New Democrats and of Canada’s Official Opposition. He was 61 years old. Jack’s vision and his tireless energy transformed the NDP into Canada’s official opposition. He was someone who believed in social democracy and spent his whole life bringing that message to Canadians. It is a sad day for Canadians and democracy that this great

The answer to reducing workplace injuries is already written

Sometimes we can’t see the forest because of the trees. As employee workplace safety representatives we are always looking to reduce injuries, accidents and illnesses to our members.  After all it’s our job and we are expected to find the root cause. Employers are legally required to answer every accident investigation, usually the same day just to be compliant.  They need to put something down on the report.  Do we

Machinists Ratify New Deal with Hobart!

Owen Sound, ON – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 386 have ratified a new collective agreement with Hobart Food Equipment Group Canada. The three-year agreement provides for a $350.00 signing bonus and wage increases of 1 per cent in the first year, 1.75 per cent in the second year and 2 per cent in the third year. Other agreement highlights include : • Major modifications to bereavement leave • $10 increase

Orenda Family Day!

Orenda in the is the name of an Iroquois god, loosely translated it means ‘source of power’ and a somewhat appropriate name for a jet engine as well as the name of the company that builds jet engines. There has only been powered flight in this country since 1908 and for over six decades, Orenda Aerospace has been at the forefront of jet propulsion in Canada and around the world.