Maple Ridge Chrysler Inks Deal with Machinists!

For Immediate Release Vancouver BC – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1857 have ratified a new collective agreement with Maple Ridge Chrysler. The three-year agreement provides wage increases of 2 per cent in the second and third year. “The most significant gain in this agreement is the implementation of the IAM-Labour Management Pension Fund starting in June 2011,” said IAMAW District Lodge 250 Business Representative Andrew Tricker. Pension contributions in

Geo Tech Shows that Cola Can Pay!

For Immediate Release Crofton, BC – “Our members at Geo Tech Industries have relied on uncapped Cost Of Living Allowance (COLA) clauses for the majority of their wage increases for many contracts and this latest agreement was no exception,” explains IAMAW District Lodge 250 Business Representative Alastair Haythornthwaite. Starting with an immediate 1.25 per cent increase, members of IAMAW Local Lodge 456 will get COLA increases every six months. “In

Machinist at Three Point Motors have New Deal!

For Immediate Release Nanaimo, BC – Since the last collective agreement was signed, there have been many changes for members of IAMAW Local Lodge 456 at Three Point Motors. A luxury import auto group based in Ontario has bought out local ownership. The BMW store in Victoria has been purchased and a new dealership in Nanaimo will be built to carry five car lines: Mercedes, BMW, Smart Cars, Suburu and

Machinists Flag Reaches Summit of Kilimanjaro!

From left to right – IAMAW District 140 General Chairperson Michel Pelot proudly displays the Québec Machinists flag atop Mount Kilimanjaro with Robert Piché. Michel Pelot, Regional Assistant Director, IAMAW District 14 Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania – Michel Pelot looks at cloud cover much differently than he used to, but climbing the world’s fourth largest mountain tends to change your perspective on such things. In late September, Pelot joined other liked-minded

Machinists sign new Agreement with Cullen Diesel!

For Immediate Release Vancouver, BC – Machinists at eight Cullen Diesel service locations in British Columbia have ratified a new three-year collective agreement. The agreement provides wage increases of 1 per cent in the first year, 2 per cent in the second year and 2 per cent in the third year. Other agreement high lights include : • Field Premium rate increases from $3.11 per hour to $3.46 per hour in

Machinists Ratify Cat Rental Agreement!

For Immediate Release Vancouver, BC – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 692 have ratified a new collective agreement with The Cat Rental Stores, by a margin of 85 per cent. “This new contract has a comprehensive list if improvements that the members are very pleased with,” said IAMAW District Lodge 250 Business Representative Al Cyr. The agreement provides for wage increases of 1.5 per cent in the second year and

Whose Boom?

  Federal Finance Minister Flaherty says the boom times are over.   Now we are going to have to “adjust our expectations”and tighten our belts.  Most Canadians might ask – what boom is he talking about?  And whose belts will he be tightening? Even though the overall numbers for economic growth over the last decade weren’t bad -up to the 2008 crash – the benefits were not widely spread.  While our

Carter Dodge Signs New Agreement with Machinists!

For Immediate Release Burnaby, BC – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1857 have ratified a new collective agreement with Carter Dodge Chrysler Limited. “Wage increases of 2 percent in each year of a three-year deal tipped the balance for the membership,” explained IAMAW District Lodge 250 Business Representative Walter Gerlach. “Technician bonus calculations and staffing issues for the Parts Department were also addressed to the members’ satisfaction.” The tool allowance,

Pharmetics will Phase Out Fort Erie Plant!

For Immediate Release Fort Erie, ON – Once again the members of IAMAW Local Lodge 171 will face the possibility of losing their jobs after Pharmetics Incorporated announced it is phasing out its Fort Erie facility. The 180 members reluctantly ratified a five-year agreement, which included a wage cut of $ .45 per hour in the fifth year, reduction of benefits and no pension contributions in order to save their

Timken Machinists Accept Three-year Deal!

For Immediate Release Prince George, BC – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 692 have ratified a new three-year collective agreement with Timken Company, formerly Q.M. Bearings & Power Transmissions. The new agreement provides wage increases of 1.25 per cent in the first year, 1.5 per cent in the second year and 2 per cent in the third year. “Even when the economy is down, Machinists can still negotiate wage increases,”