Machinists’ News

International Day for the Elimination of Racism

It is yet another work day. For the 17 million members that make up our workforce it will be another day at work — like the many before and the many ahead…if you have a job. For nearly 20% of our workforce, namely the racialized workers, today is very significant. Today represents another day in our on-going struggle to end racism in our workplaces, community, and country. The Canadian Labour

The Quebec Budget and Pensions: A Disappointment

The Quebec Provincial Budget for 2011/2012 includes a section entitled “A Stronger Retirement Income System – Meeting the Expectations of Quebecers of Every Generation”. The content of the Liberal Government’s proposals doesn’t live up to the title. Employee and employer contributions to the Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) will be increased over a 6 year period to a rate of 10.8% of covered earnings (5.4% from each side, compared to the

The Real Story On Air Canada CCAA and What Took Place!

In light of Air Canada’s recent press release about the CCAA plan and the Air Canada Public Participation Act (ACPPA), the IAMAW thought it might be helpful to inform the membership about some of the features of the CCAA process and plan.  Here are some details: The Plan included “a new corporate structure”, which is described in the related Circular as follows: “The new business plan contemplates a new corporate structure

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and International Women’s Day: 100 years on

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and International Women’s Day: 100 years onThe first International Women’s Day commemorated a demonstration by women workers in New York in 1857. But what established the modern celebration of International Women’s Day in history, was the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York on 25 March 1911 that killed 146 young women workers, most of whom were immigrants. From the ashes of that tragic

Fairness?  You Decide.

Back in the 1980s, Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney said it was all about “jobs, jobs, jobs”.  If we just provide the right kind of “climate” for business, they’d crank out so many good jobs that Canadian workers will be able to pick their job and name their price. So first we got the free trade deal with the U.S., then NAFTA, then tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy

International Women's Day 2011: A Call for Dignity in Retirement for Women

Women work hard. And at the end of a lifetime of hard work – paid and unpaid – women deserve to retire in dignity and security. Yet this is not the reality for many Canadian women. Women still earn less than men, and are expected to shoulder unpaid responsibilities at home. Many experience interruptions in their career because of childbearing and caregiving. Many women work in non-standard, poorly-paid jobs, which

How privatization gouges customers at Canada Post

Yes, Virginia, there is postal free enterprise. For Canadians using some franchised postal outlets, it’s appallingly free (and very expensive). Thanks to a very interesting e-mail making the rounds, Canadians are finding out about this price gouging. Most of us get the published Canada Post rates when we go to the Post Office for stamps. But how about those who use franchisees? Here’s one story worth repeating: A customer went