Machinists avoid strike at B.A. Banknote!

Ottawa, ON – Production of Canadian currency will continue uninterrupted following the ratification of a new collective agreement by members of IAMAW Local Lodge 412. The thirteen members who oversee maintenance of printing equipment for the production of Canadian and foreign national currencies and security papers for B.A. Banknote International, were in a legal strike position. The three-year agreement provides for wage increases of 2 per cent in each of

Ministry Vote Produces Rejection of Final Offer!

For Immediate Release Sault Ste. Marie, ON – A supervised Ministry of Labour vote Wednesday has failed to resolve a bitter lockout between members of IAMAW Local Lodge 2332 and three automotive dealerships. “Our members at two of the dealerships, Superior Dodge Chrysler and Highland Ford, rejected the final offer by a wide margin,” explained IAMAW Business Representative Rob Thompson. Members at the third dealership, Prouse Motors, accepted the offer

Dealerships try to divide Union with latest offer!

Sault Ste. Marie, ON – The latest contract offer from the three auto dealerships involved in a lengthy lockout with members of IAMAW Local Lodge 2332, is a blatant attempt to divide the union. “Management is lying when it says its latest offer contained no concessions,” explained a frustrated IAMAW Business Representative Rob Thompson. “They have claimed to have offered a three percent wage increase but that’s only for mechanics.

LL 2413 Celebrates 40 years with Machinists!

  This week marked the 40th anniversary of IAMAW Local Lodge 2413. It began life with 55 members on March 10, 1970 and now boasts in excess of 700 dues-paying members in the aviation and transportation sectors. In honour of the 40th anniversary, several of the charter members were invited back to the lodge to receive certificates of appreciation. The founding fathers of IAMAW Local Lodge 2413 (L) John McQuhae

Sign the Safe Skies petition

HAUT New – Sign the Petiton In recent years, Transport Canada has been quietly transferring oversight responsibility and the burden of liability to companies and workers in the aviation industry. This shift has played out while implementing Safety Management Systems (SMS). Link to Share/PartagezFacebookTwitterPrintemail

Sid Ryan to Ontario employers: Kill a worker, go to jail

(TORONTO) – Workplace safety may have taken a huge step forward with the use of a Criminal Code of Canada provision against a Sault Ste. Marie company, says OFL president Sid Ryan. Millennium Crane Rentals Ltd. will appear in court this week on charges of criminal negligence causing death following a fatal accident last spring, according to an article published yesterday at The charges are as a result of

Urgent Action Needed to Save Canadian Aviation Maintenance Industry!

For Immediate Release Toronto, ON – The recent announcement by Air Canada/AVEOS of the layoff of more than one thousand aircraft maintenance mechanics is the latest indication that Canada is in danger of losing its place in this growing global industry. “If we don’t do something right now, these jobs and this industry aren’t coming back,” declared IAMAW Canadian General Vice-President Dave Ritchie. The IAMAW is calling for an immediate

Concessions Increased in Sault Dealership Lockout!

For Immediate Release Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Concession demands have increased in the latest offer from the three auto dealerships who have locked out members of IAMAW Local Lodge 2332 on December 21, 2009. “If anything the attitude of the employer has become worse with time,” said a disgusted Rob Thompson IAMAW Directing Business Representative. “Now they want to reduce the pension contribution for the lowest paid employees by

The 2010 Federal Budget: Canadian Labour Congress Analysis

The 2010 Federal Budget: Canadian Labour Congress Analysis< 1. Summary The Budget contains no big surprises but is still a big disappointment. Despite the fact that unemployment is and will remain very high, economic stimulus measures effectively end after this year. A few very small new investments in jobs and skills will be made, but they do not amount to even the beginnings of a strategy to build a new

IAMAW – IWD Statement 2010

Women around the globe would do well to mark Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day as a day not just for reflection but of Action. Women have worked hard to be recognized and to have their voices heard. There are those that say we have equality and Women’s issues no longer exist. Its true women make up 50% of the workforce in Canada. Along with this new statistic comes