October 13, 2021

COVID-19 Fatality: WSIB Finds IAM Member Contracted Virus in the Workplace

COVID-19 is proving to be a tough adversary as we manage through the fourth wave of the pandemic. In many workplaces across Canada workers have both contracted and died from COVID-19, the culprit of the spread often being lax health and safety protocols. Often numbers of workers sick with COVID-19 are officially underreported, and proving COVID-19 is contracted in the workplace is an uphill battle. From meat processing plants, retail,

A new collective agreement at Inglasco (Local 922)

At a ratification meeting on October 12, members of Inglasco, Local 922, in Sherbrooke unanimously accepted their new three-year contract. The three-year contract includes wages, vacations and multi-skilling of members. We have significantly increased wages and promoted versatility for our members without making any concessions on working conditions,” says Eric Rancourt, District 11 Business Agent responsible for the Inglasco unit. Kevin Drouin and David Savard of the Union Negotiating Committee

Nobel Prize in economics explodes minimum wage and jobs myth

The award of this year’s Nobel Prize in economics has further exploded a decades-old myth that increasing minimum wages costs jobs. The prize was awarded to David Card, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens for real-world research in the 1990s that demonstrated, empirically, that the idea touted by conservative economists that higher minimum wages mean fewer jobs is not based on fact. ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said: “These Nobel Prize