More OPT Workers join The Machinists!

Winchester, On – Employees at Ontario Patient Transfer’s newest base in Winchester, south of Ottawa, have joined the IAMAW. They join members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1295 employed at OPT’s head office in Hamilton. “Lack of any benefits and hours of work were the biggest concerns for these workers,” explained IAMAW District Lodge 78 Organizer Scott Jackson. The 20 ambulance attendants provide non-emergency ambulatory patient transfers from Winchester to Ottawa

Days Inn signe une première convention collective avec les Machinistes!

London, ON – Les 20 membres de la section locale 1295 de l’AIMTA, à l’emploi de Days Inn, ont ratifié leur première convention collective. L’entente, d’une durée de deux ans, prévoit pour le personnel d’entretien des chambres des augmentations de salaire de 9,50 $ l’heure à 10,70 $ l’heure la première année et à 10,86 $ l’heure la deuxième année. Quant au personnel de maintenance, il touchera une augmentation de

Machinists Ratify New Contract with H & H Manufacturing

Burlington, On – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 2330 have ratified a new collective agreement with H & H Manufacturing. The three-year agreement provides a wage freeze in the first year and wage increases of 1.5 per cent or 30 cents per hour in the second and third years respectively. Other agreement highlights include : • 90 per cent increase in pension contributions over the life of the agreement • Family

Machinists ratify first agreement with Super 8

Sarnia, On – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1295 have ratified their first collective agreement with Super 8 Hotel in Sarnia. The two-year agreement provides a wage increase of 95 cents an hour in the first year and a wage re-opener in the second year. Other agreement highlights include : • A $240 signing bonus • Improved vacation benefits with three weeks vacation after ten years of service • Establishment of

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