Machinists’ News

2023 IAM Photography Contest

Attention all IAM members who enjoy taking photos. The 2023 IAM Photography contest is now open, so get out your cameras or smartphones and start snapping some pics of your Union sisters and brothers. The official call letter and entry forms can be found here. Submit your pictures of IAM members in their workplace, union function, or performing community service for a chance to win a cash prize and have

IAM Unity and Growth Conference

Get the official call letter, registration, and hotel booking information in English or French. February 28, 2023 Subject: CORRECTED IAM Unity and Growth Conference “Building Our Future Sector by Sector” August 20-24, 2023 San Diego, California To: All Directing Business Representatives, Business Representatives, District and Local Lodge Presidents, Secretary-Treasurers, and Recording Secretaries in North America Dear Brothers, Sisters and Siblings: The 2023 IAM Unity and Growth Conference, “Building Our Future Sector by Sector,” will

IAM District 78 delegates help shatter another glass ceiling

9 March, 2023 For immediate release Toronto, ON – International Women’s Day was celebrated in a special way at IAM District 78 last night. On 9 March, in the offices of the IAM District Lodge 78, history was made. Vivianne Simon, a member of IAM Local 1295, was acclaimed to the position of Business Representative (BR), becoming the first woman of colour to hold this position in Canada and only the

Canadian Airport shamefully enabling contract-flipping

Montreal, QC – Earlier this month, Aéroports de Montreal announced that Menzies Aviation, Samsic Assistance and Trans-Sol Aviation Services are the successful companies that will be granted ground handling licenses to operate at Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport (YUL) resulting in a loss of hundreds of International Association of Machinists (IAM) jobs. Contract-flipping, which is what is happening at the Montreal Airport, is the practice of awarding service contracts for work,

More than 600 people will lose their jobs at Montreal-Trudeau Airport. IAM demands change from Ottawa!

Montreal, February 21, 2023 – Montreal Airport (ADM) has decided to revoke the licenses of airport services subcontractors Swissport and ATS, resulting in the loss of approximately 600 jobs by June. The IAMAW denounces the use of contract flipping in this case. “We have 175 members who will lose their jobs because of an unfair practice,” said IAMAW District 140 General Chairperson Peter Tsoukalas. “With a snap of the fingers

New agreement, New Gains for IAM Local 235 at Markham Acura

Markham, ON – IAM Union members of IAM Local 235 at Markham Acura ratified a new 2-year agreement. Language improvements include preferred promotion for internal applicants and to holiday pay. Economic progress was made with the introduction of a tool allowance, a new bonus structure for technicians and service advisors, increases to the boot allowance, and general wage increases. “The Negotiations Committee of James Kerr and Muhittin Ciplak did a

Canada’s newest local! 140 new IAM members as more labour staff join

(Photo: l to r Colby Briggs, Malcolm Lewis-Richmond and Celyn Dufay) 30 January, 2023 Ottawa, ON – More labour staff are joining the IAM and gaining strength in numbers. 140 staff working for the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) have joined the IAM. Canada’s newest local is IAM Local Lodge 3011, based in Ottawa, Ontario. Staff comprising servicing representatives, administrative, clerical, finance, mobilisation, organising and many

Black History Month in Canada

February is Black History Month in Canada and every year the IAM, and the labour movement throughout Canada honour the contribution of our Black members. It is also a time to reflect on the history of enslavement of Black Canadians and the discrimination still rife in our country. We must also reflect on how anti-Black racism is still deeply entrenched in Canadian institutions. Read this article in the Canadian Encyclopedia.

Letter from David Chartrand to Minister Anita Anand concerning the procurement process

 January 19, 2023  The Honourable Anita Anand By Email: Minister of National Defense House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6  Dear Minister Anand,  I’m writing you on behalf of 50,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), a large number of whom are employed in air transportation and aerospace industries, to express concerns regarding the procurement process of replacing the aging CP140 Aurora’s. Recent developments

IAM members at Elementary Teachers of Toronto ratify new three-year contract

January, 2023 Toronto, ON – IAM Local Lodge 1922 members working for the Elementary Teachers of Toronto (ETT) ratified a new 3-year contract this week, bringing important improvements. The agreement brings a wage increase each year of the agreement, a new annual Health and Wellness allowance, addition of travel insurance to healthcare plan, increase in professional development allowance, incremental increases to paid holidays each year of the agreement, coverage for