April 2022

Work shouldn’t hurt - Day of Mourning

Work shouldn’t hurt: workplace health and safety rights should be fundamental Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to take swift action on workplace health and safety to ensure that workers in Canada are protected on the job. We are also calling on the ILO to make occupational health and safety a fundamental right. In Canada, over 1,000 workplace deaths are reported every year; hundreds of thousands more are

New agreement for London Days Inn includes improvement in wages, benefits

London, ON – Members at Days Inn London of Local lodge 1295 ratified a new 3-year collective agreement. Committee member Charlene Jarvi was integral in raising the concerns of the members. The new contract includes improvements to scheduling language to ensure equitable distribution of shifts based on seniority, advanced notice of schedules, the introduction of in lieu of benefits for part-time workers, and 3% wage increases in each year of

GVP Chartrand meets Members at L3 Harris

Last week, IAM Canadian General Vice President Dave Chartrand met with several AME’s (Aircraft Maintenance Engineers) from L3Harris in Trenton. Chartrand has committed to have further meetings with more members to discuss industry concerns and issues surrounding Aircraft Maintenance Engineers. The IAM LL717T members are responsible for the repair and maintenance of the five CC-150 Polaris Air Transport Aircraft belonging to 437 Squadron, #8 Air Transport Wing based at CFB

Happy Birthday to IAM Founder Tom Talbot

Today marks the birth of the founder of the Machinists Union, Tom Talbot. Born on a farm in Chesterfield County, South Carolina on April 27, 1849, Talbot served as the IAM’s Grand Master Machinist (President) from the IAM’s founding on May 5, 1888 until his resignation in 1890. Talbot was working as a Machinist in the Atlantic Coastline Railway shops, at Florence, South Carolina under deplorable conditions and for very

IAM presents key information to Parliamentary Committee on the health economy

IAM Canada Research Director Ivana Saula today testified in the House of Commons before the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities studies employment, labour, income security, skills development and disability issues (HUMA). Saula spoke to the critical topic of topic of Labour Shortages, Working Conditions and the Care Economy, which was the subject of the Committee’s meeting. Given the representation

Expanded rights and benefits come with new contract at LL2922 (Fabrene)

Members of IAM Local Lodge 2922 in North Bay, Ontario, recently ratified a new collective agreement. The members work at Fabrene (a division of Berry Global). The Committee, consisting of Derek Peter, John Legassie, Terry Renette, Chris Demarchi, and Robert Altman, maintained a focused approach resulting in the many improvements to the agreement. Highlights of the four-year agreement include the right to have a steward present at a meeting where

IAM welcomes federal budget 2022 with some reservations

08 April, 2022 TORONTO, ON – Canada’s federal budget was unveiled yesterday by the Minister of Finance in the House of Commons. While there was much to welcome, the IAM has some reservations about what was in the budget and what was not. The addition of dental care, affordable housing for the most vulnerable and fairer taxation into the budget bodes well for Canadians, but there is more work to

Mike Corrado - 30 years of service and still going strong

05 April, 2022 Toronto, ON – It was a big number, but Mike Corrado took it in stride as he accepted a commemorative pin and a certificate from Local Lodge 2413. Corrado, a District 140 General Chairperson, was presented the 30-year pin and a 30-year membership certificate when he attended LL2413’s monthly meeting. It is Mike’s home local. The pin and certificate were presented by Stan Theofilaktidis, Secretary-Treasurer of the

IAM Women in Leadership: Tania Canniff

March 31, 2022 During Women’s History Month this year, the IAM is highlighting current trailblazers in the union. Are you an IAM Sister interested in taking a more active role in your union? Reach out to your District leadership about the IAM Leadership Assembly of Dedicated Sisters (LEADS) Program. Tania Canniff joined IAM Canadian Airways Local 764 in 1988 after being hired in line maintenance at Canadian Airlines in Vancouver, British