28 April - Day of Mourning

April 28 is a Day of Mourning for thousands of Canadian workers killed or injured on the job each year, or who die from work-related diseases. On this day, we mourn, but it is also a time to insist that all levels of government do more to enforce existing health and safety laws and vigorously prosecute violations when a worker is killed or seriously injured. The labour movement worked for

IAM Support PSAC Workers on Strike

To All Our PSAC Striking Union Siblings, The “Fighting Machinists” of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) stand in solidarity, and strong support as you fight for your rights and livelihoods. The decision to strike is never taken lightly, but when pushed to the brink, it is a last resort, and know that the IAMAW stands alongside you offering our support in any way that helps. The

When there is political will, justice prevails

Toronto, ON April 19,2023–  After several attempts by different political parties, including the NDP, essential pension protection legislation is passed by the Senate. The “Act to Amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act”, also known as the pension protection Act, legislation that the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) have advocated for decades will finally prioritize workers in cases of bankruptcy and insolvency. The Act would apply to provincially

IAM Canada surveys by sector

To: All Members We want to hear from you! Given the diversity of our membership and that our members work in many sectors and industries, the IAM is launching an initiative to better understand issues our members face in their workplaces. We’ve developed brief surveys specific to sectors where our members work, and are inviting members to take this opportunity and share their perspectives with us. Information from the survey

Good news for IAM Local Lodge 2797 members working at NSGEU

Recently the Province of Nova Scotia announced it would provide several NSGEU bargaining units (NSH Health Care, NSLC and NSCC) with an extra 1 per cent wage increase outside of bargaining. That’s because these bargaining units settled agreements early in the bargaining cycle and before the Civil Service managed to achieve a 1 per cent higher settlement in arbitration. Following the province’s announcement, the NSGEU and IAMAW began discussing extending

Workers got 99 problems and the Liberal federal budget is one

While anticipation was high, hopes dropped low upon the release of the federal government’s budget. Labour’s long sought demands were met in part, such as the expansion of dental care, which will directly benefit approximately nine million Canadians. But, the budget missed the mark in addressing daily hardships of working Canadians, as well as, the need to invest in critical services like, pharmacare, long-term care, mental health care, child care,

IAM’s Committee on the Future Coming to a City Near You

Last year a resolution was passed by the delegation at the 40th IAM Grand Lodge Convention to create a Committee on the Future. The group was established to listen to IAM members throughout the Canada and the United States to propose new ideas on how to grow the union and develop the next generation of leaders and activists. Meetings will be held between May and August 2023. The Committee on

First IAM contract brings gains for workers at Belterra in Calgary

Calgary, AB – 26 new IAM members voted to accept their very first IAM contract. Last week, the new IAM members of Local Lodge 2583 in Calgary, Alberta ratified a first collective agreement with Belterra. They join Belterra workers in British Columbia. “While we were able to achieve a 2-year deal and get 16.5% wage increases since ratification. The real reason we were at the table was to address work-life

Securing Retirement: Local Lodge 54 Is Laying the Groundwork

Pension security for many Canadian workers is a fading reality, as most employers offer unstable and risky sources of pension savings, or none at all. Union pension plans have always provided a superior form of pension savings, taking risk and responsibility off workers, while yielding predictable, guaranteed for life pensions. For all intents and purposes, pensions are becoming a top-of-mind issue among members. We see this resurgence among many members,

IAM’s Saula makes key presentation at international OECD conference

Artificial intelligence is constantly changing the way we learn, think, work, and act. Given rapid advancements in AI, the IAM embarked on a study of the impact of new technologies on our member’s work. We’ve used this information to raise our members’ and the public’s awareness, but perhaps most importantly, we’re ensuring the findings are influencing legislation and policy development. The capacity of AI technologies continues to be augmented by