Machinists’ News

IAM Scholarship Competition 2023

The IAM Scholarship Competition is accepting applications for the 2023 year. The competition is open to members of the IAM and their children throughout the United States and Canada. Again, this year’s Scholarship Program will be fully accessible on Additionally, the IAM has a vocational-technical two-year scholarship available to members and their children. Please note that the application must be postmarked on or before February 10, 2023, if mailing in

Canadian government appears to be yielding to pressure on Aurora CP-140s, writes Chartrand

Opinion letter by David Chartrand which appears in The Hill Times. The Canadian government has an opportunity to capitalize on skills, the industrial footprint and technological capabilities developed over decades to grow Canada’s military branch of the aerospace industry, writes David Chartrand.  Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons  Multi-billion-dollar fighter jet decision puts Liberals in tough spot, says specialist The process of replacing Aurora CP-140s is hardly on the average person’s radar,

Be More Than a Bystander: IAM Adopts Training to End Workplace Violence and Harassment

A group of 19 IAM staff members from every territory and multiple districts attended an impactful three-day train-the-trainer course of the Be More Than a Bystander program, conducted by the Canadian group Ending Violence Association of BC in partnership with the BC Lions and BC Centre for Women in the Trades at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center. The Be More Than a Bystander program is designed to

IAM/Cedarcroft HLDAA award nets win for IAM members of local 103

19 January, 2023 Stratford, ON – Members working at the Cedarcroft Place Retirement Residence in Stratford, ON won a few key victories as a result of an award by the Hospital Labour Disputes Arbitration Act (HLDAA). The award provided general wage increases each year of the agreement, as well as wage adjustments for all classifications. The award also included increases to vision and dental care. “The IAM, along with our

First Woman and first Indigenous person to lead Quebec Federation of Labour

18 January, 2023 – Magali Picard is the first woman to lead to Quebec Federation of Labour. She is also the first Indigenous person in that role. Picard, a member of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), was a National Vice-President of the organisation, as well as working on compensation for federal workers adversely affected by the now-notorious Phoenix pay system. “My desire for social justice was what pushed

USEFUL NUMBERS - 2023 (by Ivana Saula)

1. OLD AGE SECURITY BENEFIT (Monthly, at age 65, January 2023) Age 65-74: $ 687.56 (regardless of marital status)  75+: $ 756.32  Adjusted quarterly to CPI (in January, April, July and October)  OAS/GIS can be deferred up to 5 years (to age 70), with an increase of 0.60% for each month of deferral  Pension indexation rate for 2023 is 6.3%  Following increases to CPI, OAS benefit will increase by 0.3%

IAM Transportation Conference - Final Call

 September 15, 2022  Subj: 2023 IAM North American Transportation Conference  April 3-6, 2023  Caesars Palace Hotel, Las Vegas, NV  TO: ALL IAM&AW AIR TRANSPORT TERRITORY AND RAIL DIVISION: TCU EXECUTIVE BOARD, DISTRICT LODGE PRESIDENTS, DISTRICT LODGE SECRETARY TREASURERS, DISTRICT LODGE GENERAL CHAIRPERSONS, DISTRICT LODGE SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVES, LOCAL LODGE PRESIDENTS, LOCAL LODGE RECORDING SECRETARIES  Dear Sisters and Brothers,  This will serve as the official call letter for the 2023 IAM North American Transportation Conference. 

Tough negotiations bring gains for IAM Spitfire Local 741 at Magellan Aerospace Winnipeg

16 December, 2022 Winnipeg, MB – Tough negotiations were the rule of the day, but gains and improvements to the collecting bargaining agreement for IAM Local Lodge 741 were the final product. “I was privileged to assist in this round of negotiation with Glenn Tomchak and the elected negotiation committee from Local Lodge 741. It was a tough round of negotiations consisting of 10 days total where this past Tuesday

District Lodge 140 wins massive payouts for mass layoffs at Swissport Vancouver

Vancouver, BC – IAM District 140 filed two grievances after mass layoffs at Swissport Vancouver and has won them in a show of perseverance over two years. The first grievance was filed at the end of 2020 when the Company paid out the members for their unused sick and personal days as per the CBA. The Company decided to pro-rate the payments based on the months of service worked in

When everything happens at the same time, IAM members still deliver!

It’s been a historically busy year for negotiations with IAMAW Automotive Trades Local 544 in Newfoundland, as 7 out their 10 contracts all expired at around the same time. Matt Barnable, Grand Lodge Representative, tasked with negotiating this many contacts, said, “The automotive sector has seen unprecedented times over the last couple years. Employers have cited major inventory and parts issues since COVID-19, so we knew negotiations coming up would