Political Action

Stan Pickthall's letter in support of UNITE-HERE Local 261

May 14, 2021   Ms. Yolaine Charette, General Manager Sheraton Ottawa Hotel 150 Albert Street Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2   Dear Ms. Charette: The IAM represents 50,000 Union members in Canada, with almost half working in travel-related industries. We are today writing in solidarity with the UNITE-HERE Local 261 workers at Sheraton Ottawa Hotel. It is brought to our attention that the Sheraton Hotel – owned by Keck Seng Investments

Report from federal NDP Convention

IAM political action delegates from Local Lodges across Canada joined the nearly 400 other labour activists on the weekend at the federal NDP virtual Convention. Despite some minor technical difficulties, the Convention went well and some important policies were hammered out. “The IAM has been calling on the NDP to put increased focus on the labour issues facing workers across Canada. Workers have borne the brunt in this pandemic and

IAM condemns killing in Atlanta, Georgia

18 March, 2021 The IAM in Canada strongly condemns the killings in Atlanta, Georgia. The murders of eight people, was a despicable act based on cowardice and hate and clearly targeted women of East Asian origin. The suspect, a 21-year-old white male, has been charged with four counts of murder in Atlanta, GA, as well as four counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault in nearby Cherokee County,

The future of the aerospace industry in the hands of the federal government - Chartrand

For immediate release Montreal March 9th, 2021 – After a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian aerospace industry is in serious trouble and may not survive without federal intervention. Called to testify before the Industry, Science and Technology Committee, the IAMAW called for a short-term assistance plan to help the aerospace industry recover quickly from the crisis and the implementation of a long-term pan-Canadian aerospace policy. “We are talking

Do the right thing: Paid Sick Days Now!

As the crisis that ensued from the pandemic continues, there’s another one that’s raging- unavailability of paid sick days. Workers, unions, advocates, small business owners, and health experts are all united in their calls on provincial governments to act responsibly and finally take all precautions to protect public health; implement paid sick days. Yet, despite a yearlong lobby effort, no action has been taken. The pandemic has plagued our communities

NDP Policy must consider workers interests

Delegates from IAMAW Local Lodges across Canada affiliated to the NDP will meet virtually online April 9 thru April 11, 2021 for the federal NDP Convention. With a Federal Budget expected in March, and the Conservative Party calling for austerity measures to be included in any post- pandemic recovery, this is a critical time for working people in Canada. Over the last several decades worker’s rights have been under attack,

The Future of Canada’s Air Transportation Sector - Letter to the new Transportation Minister

January 12, 2021 The Honourable Omar Alghabra Minister of Transport House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 Re: The Future of Canada’s Air Transportation Sector Dear Minister Alghabra: The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your recent appointment as Federal Transport Minister. You are assuming this portfolio at a time of unprecedented crisis in the air transportation industry

Universal Childcare: Pays For Itself and Critical for the Economic Recovery

The Centre for Future Work recently released a study of universal childcare’s importance to the economic recovery, stressing that it’s socially beneficial but just how critical it is to the economic recovery. The study highlights that universal childcare is not a lofty goal, it’s a program that would pay for itself, and would give the Canadian economy a much needed boost Universal childcare has been on the political agenda for

NDP introduces two new bills to protect Canadian workers

December 3, 2020 OTTAWA – Today, New Democrats presented a package of bills to protect and improve the lives of working Canadians. MP Scott Duvall (Hamilton Mountain) introduced the bills, which will protect workers in the event of a strike or a lockout and also protect the pensions and benefits of workers caught up in corporate bankruptcy proceedings. “Both of the bills I introduced today will offer workers the protection

Fiscal Announcement A Let Down For Air Transportation and Aerospace Industries

On Monday November 30, 2020, the Canadian Government gave an economic update for 2020, which was the first economic update since March 2019. Given the impact of the pandemic across the economy, the anxiously anticipated briefing provided insight into the state of Canadian economy, and the hotly debated deficit. Of significant interest to the IAMAW are the government’s support for air transportation, aerospace, and the long-term care sector. Unfortunately, the