May 2018

Need for respect brings passenger agents to IAM

Tuesday May 29, 2018   For Immediate Release   Calgary, AB – “These people had very simple needs, respect in the workplace and someone to give them a voice and they chose the IAM and we’re happy they did,” explains IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Keith Aiken. Two weeks ago, the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) ordered a representational vote for the passenger service agents working for ATS

NAFTA Update: Nowhere near an Agreement on a modernized NAFTA

If you have been following the rounds of negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), you may be surprised by the latest development. Last week, Prime Minister Trudeau was declaring that the three nations were close to reaching an agreement and this week the negotiations have come to a halt because of the United States. US President Trump has decided to play a card that nobody expected: launch

Persistence at Labour Board nets IAM new members!

Monday May 28, 2018   For Immediate release Cambridge, ON – “When the employer continues to throw up road blocks, organizing can become a long frustrating process but you have to persist and never give up,” explains IAM Grand Lodge Organizer Scott Jackson. “IAM District 78 Business Representative Kim Vallier and I applied for certification in May of 2017 for a group of workers at Cambridge Shelter Corporation and the

Machinists welcome new C-Series order by Air Baltic

Monday May 28, 2018 For Immediate Release   Montréal, QC – AirBaltic Corporation AS’s firm purchase of 30 CS300 aircraft with options and rights to purchase 30 additional aircraft of the same type is good news for the job security of our workers and a demonstration of the strength of program. “This is positive for the security of aerospace jobs in Quebec,” says IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand. “AirBaltic was

Congress of Union Retirees of Canada CONVENTION

May 25, 2018 Sisters and Brothers: Greetings! Please forward this to your retiree organizations and/or retiree activists with your Local Lodge. As you may be aware, the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada is holding their Thirteenth (13th) Convention this fall, from September 19thto 21st. CURC is a retirees organization of the Canadian Labour Congress, and is certain to have many socially-progressive and like-minded members of affiliated Labour organizations in

Latest poll shows NDP in first with Liberal collapse!

Toronto, ON – The latest Forum Research poll shows support for Kathleen Wynne’s ruling Liberal party collapsing, placing the NDP rather than the Tories in the best position to form a majority government in two weeks’ time. The poll of 906 randomly selected Ontario voters has determined that 47 per cent of decided or leaning respondents now support the NDP compared to 33 per cent for the Progressive Conservative party

IAM Communications Contests!!

Don’t miss your opportunity to be in the IAM history books. Entries are still be accepted for the Communications Department’s newsletter, website and photo contests. Last day to enter is June 15, 2018. This is a great opportunity for your hard work to be recognized and seen by your IAM brothers and sisters. Please visit the site:


Feds must act to protect nuclear workers’ pensions By MATT WAYLAND, STEVEN SCHUMANN      MAY. 23, 2018 If not, 3,400 workers will find themselves unable to contribute to their public service pension plans this fall. Treasury Board President Scott Brison. The board has refused to say how much it would cost the government to continue to provide its nuclear workers with a public service pension plan, write Steven Schumann and Matt Wayland. The Hill Times

Contract flip nets IAM new contract and new members!

Wednesday May 23, 2018 For Immediate Release   Toronto, ON – The IAM has turned the tables on the latest contract flip at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport by securing voluntary certification, a new collective agreement, and new members. Contract flipping is common practice at Pearson allowed by the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) which normally means job loss for some of the affected workers, reduced wages and benefits for others.

Machinists ratify new deal with Kromet International

Friday May 18, 2018 For Immediate release Cambridge, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2707 have ratified a new collective agreement with Kromet International. The three-year agreement provides wage improvements, pension improvements, shift premium improvements and benefit improvements amounting to three per cent in each year. Other agreement highlights include shift language improvements, increased safety glass allowance, increased safety boot allowance and improved agreement language addressing grievance resolution and