Machinists reject final offer from Innotech, strike possible on Christmas Day

Monday December 17, 2018 For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON – Members of IAM Local 2413 have rejected the final contract offer by Innotech Aviation and will be in a legal strike position on Christmas Day. “Our position from day one of bargaining has been that this is not, nor has it ever been a minimum wage job and that a DZ License is required for Line Service Reps (LSR’s),”explained IAM

Talks with Pacific Region Pre-board Screeners stalled!

Vancouver, BC – “Bargaining is at an impasse,” explained IAM Transportation District 140 General Chairperson Tania Canniff. “The company, G4S Secure Solutions Canada Limited, won’t meet with us unless we drop all of our financial demands outside of the company-proposed wage increases and we’re not able to do that.” IAM Local Lodge 16 represents 1350 airport pre-board screeners throughout British Columbia at eleven bargaining units. Bargaining began on February 27,

A good year but not without challenges!

Sisters and Brothers: As we approach the end of 2018, I wish all IAM members and their families the very best of the Holiday Season! On behalf of the IAM Executive Council, and all the Staff and officers across Canada, I bring Seasons Greetings. At year’s end it is a time to reflect on the challenges we faced and to celebrate the successes we had. I begin with the Organizing

Ferguson appointed as Special Representative for political action

Toronto, ON – IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall is pleased to announce that Derek Ferguson has been appointed Special Representative assigned to Political Action, effective January 1, 2019. “Derek is being acknowledged for his hard work on behalf of his members, and his dedication to the New Democratic Party on both the Provincial and Federal levels,” said Pickthall. He replaces Grand Lodge Representative Lou Pagrach who has been

The Ultimate Volunteer

Victoria, BC – Across Canada our IAM members give back to their communities in a variety of ways but Mark White takes his volunteer work up a notch – he puts his life on the line – rescuing boaters in all kinds of weather and all kinds of predicaments in the waters off Victoria, BC.  He volunteers with other like-minded British Columbians for the Royal Marine Search and Rescue, in

Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs)

By Carlos Dacosta IAM Canadian Airline Coordinator Several years ago, the Minister of Transport announced that Transport Canada will be conducting a regulatory review to modernize and improve how they deliver their transportation system that is safe, secure and efficient.  The review includes updating and improving the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) to strengthen safety and better support innovation and economic growth in Canada. The Canada Transportation Act sets out Canada’s National Transportation Policy,

Machinists have that first contract magic at ATS again!

Friday November 30, 2018 For Immediate Release   Calgary, AB – The IAM has followed up its first contract success with ATS in Edmonton with a similar first agreement with ATS Passenger Service Agents in Calgary. “The membership has to take all of the credit for this agreement,” said IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Keith Aiken. “They knew what they wanted, they knew what they had to do

Make a stand to end modern slavery

25 million people in forced labour. $150 billion in illegal profits. Support the international treaty to help end modern slavery for good. Join 36,031 people who want to help end modern slavery I support ILO’s Protocol on Forced Labour SIGN UP WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO MAKE HISTORY The International Labour Organization’s Protocol on Forced Labour could restore hope and freedom to millions of people trapped in modern slavery. But

6500 jobs lost in thirty days – It’s time for organized labour to unite!

In the span of a mere thirty days, disastrous events have taken place with devastating consequences for workers and communities. 2500 jobs will be lost in GM’s Oshawa plant, 1500 at Maple Leaf’s three plants in Ontario and another 2500 as a result of Bombardier layoffs in Quebec. That is a total of a mind boggling 6,500 jobs lost in less than a month- 6,500 worker’s lives shaken to the

Machinists ratify new agreement with SKF

Wednesday November 28, 2018 For Immediate Release   Toronto, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 901 have ratified a new collective agreement with SKF Canada. The three year agreement provides wage increases of $ .50 per hour in each year of the agreement. Other agreement highlights include: A $2 an hour increase to the defined benefit pension plan in the first year of the agreement. Increased benefits Increased boot