Machinists’ News

Local 2413 members at AAS Canada Core Services ratify new agreement

October 2022 Toronto, ON – Members working for AAS Canada Core Services at Toronto Pearson Airport voted 90% in favour of a new five-year collective agreement. The deal provides for wage increases of between 12 % – 27% depending on classification and seniority over the life of the agreement. Members will also join the Union’s Multi-Employer Pension Plan (MEPP). Gurdeep Panesar, Devinder Lotay and Atta Mohammed, members of the Negotiating

The 40th IAM Grand Lodge Convention concludes – work done plots IAM path

IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. in his closing remarks to the 40th IAM Grand Lodge Convention said, “If you had any doubt about what this union is about, I hope you go home knowing that the IAM is here for you. The IAM is here for your family, and the IAM is here for your community,” he said. “Yes, we negotiate contracts that allow our members to live the

Grand Lodge Convention - IAM Recognizes Organizers and Territories for Union’s Growth During 4th Annual IP’s Excellence in Organizing Awards

On Friday 7, 2022, IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. and IAM Organizing Director Vinny Addeo presented the 4th International President’s Excellence in Organizing Awards recognising organizers and territories who have demonstrated a superb commitment to growing the strength of the IAM. Canadian organisers shone once again, taking top honours with the Eastern Territory for the distinction of being the top territory in organising new members into the IAM. “The

Any eye-popping clause in IAM Local Lodge 1120 new contract

29 September, 2022 Thunder Bay, ON – IAM Members at Lakehead Motors ratified a new collective agreement late last week and gained a number of improvements to their contract. “The negotiations were very productive,” said Peter Topetto, Directing Business Representative of IAM Local 1120 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The agreement includes a salary increase for every year of the contract, as well as improvements in benefits. The local also now

Report from Grand Lodge Convention in Las Vegas

128 delegates Canadian delegates and 57 alternates attended the 40th IAM Grand Lodge Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The convention, delayed by two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was received with a mixture of joy and relief at finally being able to conduct the union’s business after six long years. David Chartrand, Canadian General Vice-President, attending his first convention as GVP, was glad to have the North American membership

#NDTR National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. The creation of this federal statutory holiday was through legislative amendments made by Parliament. On June 3, 2021, Bill C-5, An

Sunwing’s Plans puts Canadian AME Jobs in Jeopardy

Sept.27, 2022 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) warns that Sunwing Airlines’ deal with the Czech Republic, allows for the use of foreign workers, in turn, bypassing highly skilled Canadian workers. The aviation industry was devastated by the pandemic, with thousands of aviation workers being laid-off. Despite the rebound, workers in this industry are still waiting to return to work. Sunwing’s wet-leasing of aircraft directly undermines

Hurricane Fiona: Disaster Relief for Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec

As you know, Hurricane Fiona left many Canadians in eastern Canada devastated. Thousands have lost their homes and, some, their livelihoods. Many tens of thousands have no electricity and it may be days or weeks before it can be restored. The IAM stands with the people of Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona. You can help! The federal government has established a donation-matching program with the

First three-year contract for the members of Howmet Canada

On September 10th, the bargaining committee presented the collective agreement offer to the employees of Howmet Canada, members of Local 712. The workers subsequently voted 81% in favour of the 3-year proposal. Notable improvements were: Introduction of a pay scale Important salary adjustments for a large majority of workers Retro-active pay for all hours worked since January 1st 2022, with new salary Improvements to vacations and addition of 6th week

Manitoba Site Visits a great success says GVP Chartrand

The intense sense of pride that comes over us when we visit worksites where our members make the greatest products and give the best service in North America! We met with members of all Manitoba local lodges last week and get to have some meaningful discussions with them. I am always astounded by the hard work of our leadership despite the challenging circumstances they face – we can add COVID-19