July 2021

Charting Change: Workers' Voices in a Changing World

In the last one hundred years, our societies have been witness to technological advancements not experienced before. As with every technological revolution, societies will undergo profound changes, which comes with improvements, disruptions and costs. As technological change forges ahead into new frontiers, opening new possibilities, and tantalizes our collective imaginations, it also leaves us in a state of uncertainty over what the future holds. The ebb and flow of change

Bellwood Members Ratify First Agreement

26 July, 2021 Toronto, ON – In late 2020, the 125 workers at Bellwood health Services voted to join the IAM. Last week, they ratified their first agreement. Kim Valliere, IAM District 78 Directing Business Representative said of the membership, “these workers were desperate for some workplace structure and protections. Now that we have an agreement in place, we can use it and other resources to assist them.” After several

IAM Local 692 turns grievance award into community benefit

22 July, 2021 Service to the Community is not only part of the IAM’s motto, it also forms part of our core belief and practice. This has again translated into IAM members doing their part and looking out for the greater good. In 2020, LL692 filed a grievance against Finning Canada for work that was performed by a non-union company at a workplace in Kamloops, B.C. The grievance also included

Northern Manitoba members ratify new contract

Winnipeg, MB – Members of Local Lodge 1848 in northern Manitoba overwhelmingly ratified their new contract with 92% voting in favour. There were a number of gains including wage increases of 2%, 2,25% and 2.75% “There are mines across the country that are taking concessions from their members while we were able to achieve improvements in financial and medical issues,” said Tony Didoshak, IAM Grand Lodge Representative. “We got an

IAM Local 1722 members in Edmonton ratify new contract

15 July, 2021 For immediate release Edmonton, AB – Members working at Cummins ULC in Edmonton have ratified their new contract. The vote was conducted by paper ballot as well as electronic voting to accommodate as many members as possible. The highlights are: The multi-year deal is with 9% overall in wage increases and includes full retroactivity Variable Compensation Program gives members at least $3000 – $4000 each in March of

Healthcare Workers Must Not Be Shortchanged: Permanent Wage Increases

Ford’s recent announcement on making pandemic pay permanent for personal support workers (PSW) in community care, long-term care homes, public hospitals and those providing services to children is welcome news, and long overdue. But, concern remains over upcoming details, such as to whom the increase will apply. “The IAM has a growing footprint in healthcare, and we are glad that the Ford government has recognized the important work of PSWs,

Machinists Union Reaches an Agreement - Airbus and Bombardier workers to get better protection

(Montreal, July 5, 2021) – IAMAW reached an exceptional agreement with Airbus and Bombardier to increase protection for workers laid off during the pandemic. At the initiative of the union, this agreement will increase the coverage of the recall list from two to three years for workers with less than three years of service. “As the pandemic stretched over time, we needed to find a way to better protect workers in

Mr. Trudeau what is the plan for an aviation restart in Canada?

The Canada Day long weekend is the official kickstart to summer and typically the busiest travel season of the year. This year is different! As provincial lockdowns come to an end, we have yet to see a what the federal governments has as a plan to restart aviation in this country. Canadian borders have been closed to non-essential travel for 14 months. There’s been no announcement on a vaccine verification

Message from David Chartrand, IAM Canadian General Vice-President

July 1st, 2021 Sisters and Brothers, Today marks the beginning of my term as IAM Canadian General Vice-President. I am honoured and privileged to be able to count on your confidence and to work alongside you for the benefit of workers, our communities and our Union. The 15 months of the global pandemic that we have just experienced have spared no one and I want to show solidarity with all