Machinists’ News

CATSA created pre-board screening issues at airports

At airports across Canada, pre-board screening officers are the first line of defence in keeping our skies safe. In the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario, its members of the International Association of Machinists that do this work. In Canada, the Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority (CATSA) is responsible for all screening at airports and contracts screening services to individual corporations to supply screening services. The job of the CATSA

IAM Local 99 inaugurates special memorial for fallen member

On 31 March, 2021, our membership suffered a devasting blow with the workplace death of brother Ryan Coughlan, a member of IAM Local 99. Ryan’s sudden passing shocked and saddened all knew him. In the ongoing recognition of Ryan and his family, IAM members where Ryan worked (Finning, Edmonton) put on a memorial Show-and-Shine Day on Saturday, 25 June, 2022. The day included the opening of the memorial site built

Airport screeners rally for dignity, justice

28 June, 2022 Toronto, ON – IAM Airport Screening Officers working at airports in Toronto, Vancouver and other airports in British Columbia rallied for dignity, justice and better working conditions. Other unions, including the United Steelworkers who also represent Screening Officers, as well as labour councils, federations of labour and the Canadian Labour Congress, supported the rallies. Screening Officers, tired of low pay, long working hours under strict conditions, and

Local Lodge 2332 members sign new agreement at Prouse Chevrolet

Monday, 27 June, 2022 Sault Ste. Marie, ON – The members of IAM Local 2332 working at Prouse Chevrolet recently ratified a new collective agreement. The two-year agreement provides for annual wage increases, increased premiums and incentives, as well as improvements to vision care and safety footwear. Grand Lodge Representative Scott Jackson, noted that negotiations committee member, Chad Laroue, “kept the issues of the membership front and center throughout the

A new contract for 1,800 Bombardier union members

(Montreal, June 22, 2022) – The IAMAW Local Lodge 712 membership voted 73.4 per cent in favour of the employer’s offer with a participation rate of 80.3 per cent. “Despite the fact that the offer was accepted, Bombardier will have work to do over the next five years to regain the trust of workers and rebuild a sense of belonging,” said IAMAW District Lodge 11 Business Representative and union spokesperson Eric

LL1231 puts “Service to the Community” into action

The woman’s committee of LL1231 made a delivery of 70 purses filled with essential items to Loft 416 Community Services, a women’s shelter and outreach agency in Toronto. They were overwhelmed by the generous gift and said individuals would be given the opportunity to pick a purse as they came in to receive a meal or shelter. This initiative came from Local 1231 members who gathered resources available from their

IAM Canada Demands a Seat on Government’s Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence

20 June, 2022 TORONTO, ON – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM Canada) is demanding workers be represented on the Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence (AI), a council created in 2019 to advise the Government of Canada on building Canada’s strengths and global leadership in AI. The Advisory Council includes leading AI experts from Canadian industry, civil society, academia, and government. The IAM points out that workers, the group most impacted

Are we a team? LL712 members at Bombardier reject offer

13 June, 2022 Montreal, QC – Approximately 1,800 members of Local Lodge 712 at Bombardier Inc. rejected the company’s offer overwhelmingly on Saturday, 11 June, 2022. “For years, we have played like we were on the same team,” said Éric Rancourt, Business Representative for IAM District 11 in Montreal. “We worked towards the same goal – the long-term health of the company and to secure jobs for our members. During

Employer calls on IAM to represent workers in new classification

June 09, 2022 Moncton, NB – The IAM was called upon to represent a new classification within Air Canada – workers at a call centre. The company signalled the IAM that they were interested in opening a call centre in Atlantic Canada. “This is new work,” says Ed Hepburn, General Chairperson with IAM District 140, “as have never had a call centre in Atlantic Canada. I was able to negotiate