How 100 years of Flight Has Transformed Canada

By now you may have read a few articles written by various newspapers celebrating the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Canada and the milestones achieved since 1909. The purpose of this article is to try to capture it from workers point of view, so that you are able to see how government and corporations have shaped the aviation industry in Canada. While most of the articles fail to mention

25 YEARS - Day of Mourning

Day of Mourning, April 28, 2009 “Twenty-fifth Anniversary” This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the National Day of Mourning as proclaimed by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984. That date coincided with the seventieth anniversary of the first Ontario Worker’s Compensation Act approved by the government. On February 1, 1991, April 28th was subsequently enshrined by Royal Statute as, a ‘Day of Mourning for Person’s Killed or Injured in

Déclaration sur le Rejet de l'Accord de libre-échange Canada-Colombie

Déclaration des d d REJET DE L’ACCORD DE LIBRE-ÉCHANGE CANADA-COLOMBIE À tous les réseaux des Canadiennes et Canadiens engagés, Le gouvernement Harper estime normal que les paramilitaires colombiens assassinent sans vergogne des syndicalistes, des paysans et des militants. Le dossier du gouvernement Uribe en matière de droits de la personne est sans doute un des pires au monde; le gouvernement Harper fonce à pleine vapeur, avec l’appui de Michael Ignatieff,

Peter Julian's statement on the Canada-Columbia Free Trade Agreement

Peter Julian’s statement on the Canada-Columbia Free Trade Agreement Today in the House ~ Peter’s Member’s Statement Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): “Mr. Speaker, just last week Amnesty International condemned the Colombia authorities for abusing the country’s judicial system, “to undermine the legitimate work of human rights defenders”. More than a dozen human rights defenders and 46 trade unionists were killed by paramilitaries in 2008 alone. Double 2007. According

Les Machinistes signent une nouvelle entente avec Towne Ford!

Miramichi, NB – Les membres de la section locale 2418 de l’AIMTA ont ratifié une nouvelle convention collective d’une durée de trois ans avec Towne Ford. La nouvelle entente prévoit des augmentations de salaire de 2 % la première année, rétroactivement au 1er janvier 2009, de 2 % la deuxième année et de 3 % la troisième année. Voici d’autres points saillants de l’entente : • Quatre semaines de congé

Machinists sign new agreement with Towne Ford!

Miramichi, NB – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 2418 have ratified a new three-year collective agreement with Towne Ford. The new agreement provides for wage increases of 2 per cent in the first year retroactive to January 1, 2009, 2 per cent in the second year and 3 per cent in the third year. Other agreement highlights include : • Four weeks vacation after 12 years of service • Additional sick


Thursday March 12, 2009 For Immediate Release Toronto, ON – “Canada needs a national pension insurance program to protect workers from the effects of corporate pension irresponsibility,” says Dave Ritchie, General Vice President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The IAMAW is giving that message to the federal government in response to its consultation paper on private pension plans. The national consultations begin in Ottawa on Friday

Three Days from start to finish – new record for Machinists

Tuesday March 10, 2009 For Immediate Release Windsor, ON – The newest members of IAMAW Local Lodge 235 didn’t waste any time joining the Machinists or obtaining their first collective agreement. “When you organize a group of workers and ratify their first collective agreement in only three days, it has to be some sort of record,” explained a very proud IAMAW District 78 Organizer Scott Jackson. The management of Turbo-Gen,

Grounding of ACE Wind up Plan Good News say Machinists!

Tuesday March 3, 2009 For Immediate Release Toronto, ON – “Any way you slice it, somebody at ACE is having sober second thoughts about proceeding with the distribution of its assets to ACE shareholders,” said IAMAW General Vice President Dave Ritchie. Ritchie was responding to the announcement by Air Canada Enterprises (ACE) that it would delay its shareholders meeting and the distribution of its assets to ACE shareholders. “We made

Machinists ratify new agreement with Motor Coach!

Monday March 2, 2009 For Immediate Release Winnipeg, MB – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1953 have ratified a new collective agreement with Motor Coach Industries. “It took a while but we now have significant changes to contract language concerning management rights and contracting out,” said IAMAW District Lodge 181 Directing Business Representative Wayne Relf. “By removing the addendum language on Management rights, the company no longer has the right