Despite Flood and Fire – The Story of IAM LL99 member Des Doerksen (and friends)

5 May 2020 Fort McMurray, AB – How much disaster can a person handle? Ask Desmond (Des) Doerksen. He’s a member of IAM Local 99 in Alberta and he lost three houses in the last four years – two to floods and one to fire. Des lost his first home during the great fires in Fort McMurray in 2016. Ironically, it wasn’t fire that destroyed his house, but water. Due

Pickthall letter to Ministers Morneau and Garneau

May 7, 2020 By email:   bill.morneau@parl.gc.ca marc.garneau@parl.gc.ca The Honourable Bill Morneau, P.C., M.P. Minister of Finance House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 The Honourable Marc Garneau, P.C., M.P. Minister of Transport House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Dear Honourable Ministers Morneau and Garneau, Re:      Extension of Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy I’m writing you on behalf of 36,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW)

The Pandemic Experience: From the perspective of IAMAW Sisters

The pandemic is putting strain on many things, but not on the solidarity of IAM sisters! 28 IAM sisters and brothers connected on May 5th , a day that also commemorates missing and murdered indigenous women, to discuss the unique issues women face during the pandemic. The impact of the pandemic has not been the same for everyone; for instance, we know low wage earners are impacted by joblessness at

Dancing to Heal – IAM member works and dances during COVID-19

Orleans, ON – Makhena Katerie Rankin Guerin works at a long-term care home in Orleans, Ontario. She also lives there – for now. Guerin is a 17-year old member of IAM Local 1295 and delivers care to the seniors in her charge. She has worked at the Ottawa Symphony Senior Living Orleans since she was 14, collecting garbage on a part-time basis. When she turned 16, she was offered a

Asian Heritage Month

Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about the many achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian descent who, throughout our history, have done so much to make Canada the amazing country we share today. The theme for Asian Heritage Month 2020, “Asian Canadians: United in Diversity”, was inspired by the long and rich history of these Canadians who continue, even today, to enrich our country and make it

COVID19 Impact on the Aerospace Industry

During the Pandemic While the air transportation industry has usually been resilient in the wake of major disruptions and crises, it is questionable that air transportation will be able to recover as quickly as it has in the past. Airlines are running out of liquidity making bankruptcies, consolidations and even nationalization a possibility.  All of this will inevitably affect civil aircraft manufacturing, supply chains and aftermarket support businesses. The defense