Machinists’ News

Labour Reps Represented at historic IAM Conference

7 June, 2022 Winpisinger Centre, Maryland – 30 labour staff from various unions in Canada attended a special conference at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center this week to discuss commonalities and strategies. Labour staff from the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Nova Scotia Government and General Employees’ Union (NSGEU), Professional Institute of Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) and the Manitoba Government

Local 2323 members at TBH ratify wage re-opener

May 2020 Toronto, ON – Members working for TBH Services at Toronto Pearson Airport voted 95% in favour of a wage re-opener of their current three-year contract. The deal provided for wage increases of between 9 % – 18 % depending on classification. Senior members also received a premium. Laila Hakimi and Vinod Bhaskaran, members of the Negotiating Committee, played a vital role in making sure the deal was worked

Ontario Elections and the way forward

The work of a labour activist is never easy. The June 2nd election results in Ontario proved that point again. The IAM in Canada wishes to thank all our political activists who gave up their time to knock on doors, make phone calls, and work in the campaign offices of NDP candidates throughout our province who put in their time during this election. Your help and your passion made a

Airport service members at Local Lodge 16 (Swissport) ratify contract

Richmond, BC – Four hundred ramp, grooming, baggage sortation and maintenance workers from Local Lodge 16 working at Swissport ratified their contract in December 2021. The three-year contract included enhancements in wages, signing bonus, increase in premiums and a guarantee on employee benefits costs and was ratified by a count of 69%. Other improvements include a better flexibility for time off. Wage increases were front-end-loaded and were between 20-23%. Both

Local Lodge 16 members at British Airways ratify contract

Vancouver, B.C. – IAM Local Lodge 16 is a local made up of a variety of airport workers working for different employers. Although it can sometimes be a challenge, General Chairperson Todd Haverstock manages to make sure they involved in their contract negotiations and in touch with what they are bargaining. British Airways – Customer Service Agents in Richmond, BC ratified the agreement in December 2021. The 25 members voted

MCM pulls off successful post-pandemic conference

SEE PHOTOS OF THE MCM 2022 IN MONCTON, N.B. The Maritime Machinists’ Council (MCM) held its first Conference in more than two years and, by all accounts, it was a huge success. The event, held every two years, was postponed from its scheduled 2021 date. The theme of the conference was Combating Racism in the Workplace. Paul Gaudet, President of the MCM opened the event and welcomed all to Moncton,

IAM Canada Staff Conference

After more than two years, the IAM Canadian Territory met in a full Staff Conference in downtown Toronto. Although most had met frequently via video conferencing, there were many smiles, handshakes and hugs exchanged at finally meeting colleagues and friends in person. General Vice-President Dave Chartrand welcomed guests, full-time staff and officers in Canada. Chartrand thanked all staff for all the work they did especially during the difficult times of

IAM members rally for fairness at Vancouver Airport

29 May, 2022 Vancouver, B.C. – IAM Screening Officers at YVR Airport are rallying today for better wages and less pressure-filled working conditions in the midst of growing lineups and passenger frustrations at the airport. The rally by IAM Local Lode 16 members will continue until 4:00 PM Pacific Time outside the International Arrivals Area. The Screening Officers, who are gathering on their own time, are encouraging the travelling public

Quebec Machinists Council - the work continues

The Quebec Machinists Council (CMQ) conference was held on May 19 and 20 in Sherbrooke, QC. The activities of the CMQ never stopped during the pandemic and it was under the theme of “Still Alive” that the participants were able to think about and exchange views on various subjects, including how the CMQ could help the local lodge during labour conflicts. We also took advantage of this meeting to ask