Air Canada Refuses to Fly the Extra Mile to Save Jobs!

Over 1,000 Aircraft Mechanics to be laid Off in April! For Immediate Release Toronto, ON – “Over one thousand highly skilled aircraft mechanics at Air Canada will be laid off this April and the company doesn’t give a damn,” says a disgusted Fred Hospes, IAMAW District 140 Regional Assistant Directing General Chairperson –Western Region. “The Machinists have been negotiating layoff mitigation decisions with the company for months now and they

Women’s Equality Lagging in Canada – Machinists Tell UN!

For Immediate Release Toronto, ON – Canada’s performance in achieving women’s equality is lagging badly according to a report by Labour and women’s groups. The report, “Reality Check Women in Canada and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action Fifteen Years On, A Canadian Civil Society Response”, will be distributed at the Beijing plus 15 meeting held at the United Nations in New York, March 1-12, 2010. “Five years ago,

Machinists Expand in Hospitality Sector Again!

For Immediate Release London, ON – Twenty employees of the Days Inn are the latest hospitality workers to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The certification of housekeeping and maintenance staff at the 150 room hotel in the Forest City marks the second successful organizing campaign in the hospitality sector for the Machinists in 2010. Earlier this month, employees at the Country Inn in Oakville, Ontario became

Les Machinistes réalisent d’autres gains dans le secteur du tourisme!

À publier immédiatement London, ON – Vingt employés de l’hôtel Days Inn deviennent les plus récents membres de l’Association internationale des machinistes et des travailleurs et travailleuses de l’aérospatiale. L’accréditation des préposés à l’entretien ménager et à la maintenance de l’hôtel de 150 chambres dans la « ville de la forêt » marque la fin d’une deuxième campagne de recrutement réussie des Machinistes dans le secteur du tourisme en 2010.

Canadian and European Air Transport Unions Cooperate to Protect Aviation (by Louis Erlichman and Carlos DaCosta)

On December 18, 2009, Canada and the European Union (EU) signed an “Open Skies” air transport Agreement, which provides a framework for progressively deregulating air travel between Canada and Europe. What Does the Agreement Say? Like other “free trade” deals, this Agreement says that the ideal system is based on “competition among airlines in the marketplace with minimum government interference and regulation”.   While the Agreement makes reference to impacts on

Machinists Ratify New Agreement with Cara!

  Halifax, NS – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 2797 have ratified a new collective agreement with Cara Airline Solutions.  The three-year agreement provides no wage increase in the first year, a 2 per cent wage increase in the second year and 2.75 per cent wage increase in the third year. Other agreement highlights include :  • Eye glass benefits increase from $150.00 to $200.00 every two years beginning November 30,

More Hospitality Workers Join Machinists!

For Immediate Release Oakville, ON – Fifteen employees of the Country Inn are the latest hospitality workers to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The certification of housekeeping, maintenance and kitchen staff at the hotel marks a successful conclusion to an organizing drive begun more than a year ago. “We tried to organize this group a year ago and it ended in a tie vote,” explained IAMAW

Autoliv has new Agreement with Machinists!

For Immediate Release Markham, ON – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 2113 have ratified a new collective agreement with Autoliv Inc. The three-year agreement provides a lump sum increase of $775.00 to $925.00 in the first year and a wage increase of 2.5 per cent in each of the remaining two years. Other agreement highlights include : • Lifetime medical insurance increased to $750,000.00 • Increased eye exam fees • Increased

Machinists Make Gains in New Clow Canada Agreement!

For Immediate Release Saint John, NB – Wage, Benefits and Pension contribution increases highlight a new four-year collective agreement for members of IAMAW Local Lodge 835 employed by Clow Canada. The new agreement provides for wage increases of 1 per cent in the first year, and 2 per cent in each of the second, third and fourth years respectively. Pension contribution increases are 4.34 per cent in the first year

Machinists ratify deal with Maitland Motors!

Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 2332, employed by Maitland Motors, have a new collective agreement. “There are many improvements in this agreement but the new dental plan tops the list,” said IAMAW Directing Business Representative Rob Thompson. “It’s refreshing that we could negotiate with this dealership and make improvements without resorting to a lockout.” Thompson was referring to the 39 IAMAW members who have been