IWD 2021 - Nellie McClung (1873–1951) - Canada

Novelist, reformer, journalist, and suffragist. Nellie McClung was a leader in the fight to enfranchise North American women. Her efforts led to Manitoba becoming the first province to grant women the right to vote in 1916, followed by Alberta and Saskatchewan. After a move from Manitoba to Alberta, she was elected to the Alberta Assembly as a Liberal member for Edmonton in 1921. In the legislature, McClung often worked with

Final Push to Promote the Sexual Harassment Survey

Greetings, Thank you for your assistance in promoting the national survey on workplace violence and harassment to your members. The survey will close next month so we are asking for a final push to ensure that as many workers as possible fill it out. We especially need responses from Quebecois workers and workers in federally regulated industries. It is open to workers of all genders. Like the groundbreaking Domestic Violence at Work

IWD 2021 - Heather Kelley - Canada

Heather Kelley accomplished many firsts in her long and storied career as an IAM member, none the least of which is that was was the first female Grand Lodge Representative (GLR) in Canada. Heather became a member on February 1, 1979, after starting work at Fleet Industries in Fort Erie. Heather worked her way up from the ranks as a member of IAM Local 171 in Fort Erie. Her activism

IWD 2021 - Noreen Schmitt (1942 - 2013) Canada

By Shelley Cermak and Laura Sharpe, IAM Local 764 Noreen Olive Schmitt was first a partner, mother, grandmother, a sister – and to many of us in the union family, a mentor! Kind, gentle, caring, empathetic and very sharing of her struggles and she wanted more for us young ones coming up the ranks.  She spent countless hours with her union & community, teaching and passing on her knowledge. She

IWD 2021 - Madeleine Parent (1918–2012) - Canada

Union organizer and social activist. Late in life, Madeleine Parent was recognized her indefatigable activism on behalf of workers, women, and minorities. But in her younger years she was marked as a dangerous woman and a “seditious” traitor. In the 1940s, Parent organized workers in the massive textile factories of Quebec. She was convicted — and later acquitted — of seditious conspiracy. From the 1950s to the 1970s, she led

Still waiting - but for how long?

Ivana Saula Research Director Six months ago, talks between the federal government and airline companies began over financial aid for air transportation. As soon as the impact of COVID-19 was evident, the IAM began a continuous lobbying effort for assistance for aviation and air transportation. Also, over the last year, one by one, governments around the world announced aid specifically for the airlines. In Canada, we’re still waiting. A recent

IWD 2021 - Ga’axstal’as, Jane Constance Cook (1870–1951)

Kwakwaka’wakw leader, cultural mediator, and activist. Born on Vancouver Island, Ga’axstal’as, Jane Constance Cook was the daughter of a Kwakwaka’wakw noblewoman and a white fur trader. Raised by a missionary couple, she had strong literacy skills and developed a good understanding of both cultures and legal systems. As the grip of colonialism tightened around West Coast nations, Cook lobbied for First Nations to retain rights of access to land and resources.

IWD 2021 Thérèse Casgrain (1896–1981)

Activist, radio host, and politial leader. Despite being brought up in wealth and privilege, Thérèse Casgrain felt that life should be fair to everyone. She helped to found the Provincial Franchise Committee for Women’s Suffrage in 1921 and later hosted a prominent radio program, called Fémina, for Radio-Canada. She became the first female leader of a political party in Canada — the left-leaning Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) — in the 1940s.

IAM A Delegate to the United Nations Conference on the Status of Women

By Ivana Saula, Research Director and Women and Human Rights Representative “Diversity is our Strength, Solidarity Is Our Power” Duygu Brauer, DaMigra The IAM is proud to be a delegate to Canada’s delegation, with two representatives in attendance; Tania Canniff General Chair Person, District Lodge 140 and myself. Despite the pandemic, the United Nations (UN) Conference on the Status of Women went full steam ahead, with delegates from around the

IWD 2021 Mary Shadd Cary (1823–1893)

First black woman newspaper editor in North America. Mary Ann Shadd was a tireless advocate for universal education, black emancipation, and women’s rights. Born in Delaware, Shadd moved to Windsor in Canada West (now Ontario) to teach in 1851. She soon founded the Provincial Freeman, which was dedicated to abolitionism, temperance, and women’s political rights. During the American Civil War, she went back to the United States as a recruiter of