April 2018

New Power for Labour Board buried deep inside provincial budget!

Toronto, ON – Buried deep in the pre-election budget Bill delivered by Ontario’s Liberal government last month is a provision to give the Labour Board power over the democratic rights of industrial unions in this province. Bill 31 is what is termed an Omnibus Bill, a Bill which contains several issues not related to the budget itself, in particular ‘Schedule 14’.Under this new regulation, any attempt by a parent union

Submission by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers on Schedule 14 of Bill 31, Plan for Care and Opportunity Act (Budget Measures), 2018

Who We Are The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) is an international union of more than 650,000 members throughout North America. It is divided into 1,143 local lodges including 65 in Canada, holding more than 5,000 collective agreements with more than 200 companies in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico. The IAMAW is the largest union at Pearson International Airport, Toronto’s largest single employer, with

April 28th is a National Day of Mourning

Toronto, ON – Workers die on the job every day and every year hundreds of thousands more suffer work-related injury or illness. They are gone but we have not forgotten. The IAM along with other Unions, labour councils, labour federations, families and community partners annually gather on April 28th to mourn the loss of fellow workers and loved ones and vow to prevent more of these tragedies. This date has

Pakistan has failed to learn lessons of Gadani tragedy, say unions

24.04.2018 On 1 November, 2016, 29 workers were killed and several more injured while dismantling an oil tanker at Pakistan’s Gadani shipbreaking yard. Speakers at a seminar on the industry, organized by IndustriALL affiliate the National Trade Union Federation in Karachi on 21 April, said that the government does not appear to have learnt any lessons from the tragedy. In an industry often called the most dangerous in the world,

No More Operating in the Dark (USW Petition)

Tell Mark’s, Sport Chek and their parent company that operating in the dark and keeping factories hidden from public scrutiny is unacceptable. Canadian retailers can prevent another disaster by making their factories safe and respecting workers’ rights. SIGN THE PETITION

Air Canada charged with Health & Safety Violations in death of IAM Member

Toronto, On – Federal officials have charged Air Canada with a series of health and safety violations in the death of IAM Local Lodge 2323 member Ian Henrey Pervez. Pervez was killed on April 22, 2016 on the tarmac at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport when the baggage-cart tractor he was driving flipped over, throwing him from the vehicle. Federal officials allege five health and safety violations of Part II of

IAM VP nominated for NDP in Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte

Barrie, ON – IAM Local Lodge 2323 Vice President Dan Janssen has been nominated as the NDP candidate in the upcoming June 7th provincial election in the new riding of Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte. This is Janssen’s first venture into politics. He has been a strong activist within the IAM for the $15 and Fairness campaign as well as a strong advocate for Worker’s Rights for our union and all workers at Toronto

Machinists ink new agreement with Dana Canada

Monday April 23, 2018   For Immediate Release   Cambridge, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 103 have ratified a new collective agreement with Dana Canada. “We tried to make improvements for our members while keeping an eye on the automotive marketplace,” explained IAM District 78 Directing Business Representative Derek Ferguson. “The increases given to our millwrights is a case in point. The rates were not competitive with others

Machinists ink new deal with Berry Global

Monday April 23, 2018 For Immediate release North Bay, On – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2922 have ratified a new multi-year agreement with Berry Global. The agreement provides wage increases of 1.5 per cent in the first year retroactive to March 1, 2018 and 2 per cent in years 2, 3 and 4 respectively. Other agreement highlights include: Progression between classifications reduced from 24 months to one year Increased

Airport privatization on hold in the wake of Machinists petition!

Ottawa, ON – On Tuesday April 17th, the IAM petition opposing airport privatization is presented in the House of Commons, then on Friday April 20th, Transport Minister Marc Garneau announces the government will not proceed with airport privatization at this time. Coincidence, perhaps, but there’s no denying we had an impact! “You can’t ignore more than six thousand signatures from the people most affected by this idea,” explains IAM Canadian