Absolute solidarity with our Sisters and Brothers in Oshawa

Toronto, ON – “This is devastating news for a community that relies upon these good middle-class jobs to support their families,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President regarding the announcement by GM, Canada that it would close its Oshawa assembly plant. Media reports began circulating over the weekend that GM would be closing its Oshawa assembly lines which builds Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac models. The closure at the end of

Bombardier negotiations begin under the cloud of layoffs!

Montréal, QC – Negotiations for the next collective agreement at Bombardier began this week and this round promises to be difficult to say the least. “Recent Bombardier announcements of 2500 layoffs is our starting point and that makes things difficult,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall. “At this time we do not know how many of these layoffs if any will involve our members.” “We have concerns about

ITUC Global Rights Index 2018: Democratic space shrinks and unchecked corporate greed on the rise

Shrinking democratic space for working people and unchecked corporate greed are on the rise according to the annual ITUC Global Rights Index. The number of countries with arbitrary arrests and detention of workers increased from 44 in 2017 to 59 in 2018, and freedom of speech was constrained in 54 countries. 07-06-2018 Human and trade union rights  Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights “Democracy is under attack in

CSALP bargaining begins!

Montréal, QC – The IAM opened its first round of bargaining with CSALP- C-series Airbus Limited Partnership this week. “I’m encouraged by the goals the employer placed before us in our first meeting,” explained IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand. “They know they have a fine product in the A220-100/300 and they want to increase their rate of production which is good news for our members.” To date, 407 aircraft of

Two strike mandates produced mediated settlement at Seaspan

Thursday November 22, 2018   For Immediate Release   Vancouver, BC – It took two strike mandates and two agreement rejections but members of IAM Local Lodge 692 have ratified the five-union poly-party contract agreement with Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards. “This employer wanted to remove seniority provisions of our current collective agreement,” explained IAM District Lodge 250 Directing Business Representative Walter Gerlach. “We have dispatch rights in the shipyards and the

What has Ontario gained with its government for the people?

Toronto, ON – He has been in office less than six months and already Premier Doug Ford has turned the province Ontario on its ear and managed to create a political fur ball for his federal counterparts. Last Thursday, Ford decided to cut French services in Ontario seemingly oblivious of the impact the decision has on the fortunes of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer in the upcoming federal election. Moves like

Open letter from David Chartrand, Quebec coordinator of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW)

Bombardier must survive despite the mistakes of its leaders Since Bombardier announced the abolition of 5 000 jobs, including 2 500 in Quebec, a strong anti-Bombardier sentiment is rapidly spreading across the province. The absence of Bombardier’s CEO, Alain Bellemare, at the emergency summit convened by the Minister of Economy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, and his statements to investors gathered in Bay Street, raised the anger of many Quebeckers towards The company

Machinists ratify first contract with Cambridge Shelter

Thursday November 15, 2018   For Immediate release   Cambridge, ON – The members of IAM Local Lodge 103 have ratified their first collective agreement with Cambridge Shelter Corporation. “They fought us hard getting unionized earlier this year and again during negotiations, this was a long and tough battle,” said IAM Grand Lodge Organizer Scott Jackson. “The members and the negotiations committee of Joyann Robbins, Eric Johnson and Dean Hislop

IAM organizes another dealership in the steel city!

Tuesday November 13, 2018   For Immediate Release   Sault Ste. Marie, ON – The IAM has organized another auto dealership in the Steel City. In a Ministry of Labour authorized vote, workers at NorthSide Toyota voted to join the IAM. The IAM now represents workers at six auto dealerships in Sault Ste. Marie. “The workers here saw how we represented their counterparts at the other dealerships,” explained IAM Grand

A good start, it is now necessary that we continue!

Montreal, QC – When the Québec Government called a meeting on the morning of November 12, 2018 to discuss the ramifications of the recent Bombardier layoffs, all the major Québec aerospace players including the IAM were there. “The Legault government and business representatives have demonstrated their willingness to tackle the problem,” said IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand. “It’s a good starting point. This is an important and encouraging sign. It