October 2021

IAM Letter to Minister Alghabra regarding mandatory vaccinations

 October 21, 2021  By Email: omar.alghabra@parl.gc.ca Honourable Omar Alghabra, MP Minister of Transport House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 Honourable Minister Alghabra,  I’m writing to you on behalf of 20,000 air transportation workers, and members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) with an urgent request for a meeting regarding Transport Canada’s guidance on federal vaccination mandates. It’s necessary to preface our concerns, and state that

IAM Local 1922 negotiates better contract, ratifies deal

IAM Local 1922 members employed by Swiss Steel, Mississauga (formerly Schmoltz-Bickenbach Canada) ratified a new collective agreement on Saturday October 23.  The members identified their priorities and the committee worked tirelessly to convey these priorities to their employer. “Special thanks to negotiating committee members (in picture) Pradeep Chadha and Quentin Park for all their hard work. They truly were the voice of their members during this process”, said District 78 Directing

IAM scores a first in Alberta, organises 85 healthcare workers!

26 October, 2021 For immediate release Edmonton, AB – The IAM has scored a first in Alberta by organising 85 health care aides and LPNs working at Sheperd’s Care (Eden House) in Edmonton. The new members join the IAM Health Care group with Local 1722 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Principal organiser Matt Barnable, who has since taken on new responsibilities, said of the campaign, “It

New members continue success with first contract for 500 RNS workers

26 October, 2021 Toronto, ON – After months of negotiations, the over 500 new IAM members employed by RNS Health Care Services overwhelmingly ratified their first contract. “These were difficult negotiations and it was done it completely virtually. We never met face-to-face with the employer. This is a big win for our new members,” said Jim Snider, IAM District 78 Business representative. The two-year deal secures contract language that provides for wage and vacation increases,

Local Lodge members stick together and ratify new contract

After some very difficult bargaining, the approximately 150 members of Local Lodge 2707 employed by Kromet International Inc. in Cambridge ratified a new three-year agreement. The solidarity shown by the members in support of their negotiation committee was tremendous. The three-year agreement provides for wage, pension, benefits, and vacation increases. Grand Lodge Representative Derek Ferguson would like to thank the Negotiation Committee: Sherry Cole, Laurie Sears, John Murphy, and Bev

Mandatory Vaccinations and EI Eligibility - UPDATE

As the deadline looms for compliance with mandatory workplace vaccination policies, many workers are left wondering what happens if they’re placed on an unpaid leave of absence. Earlier this week, the EI program notified stakeholders that workers placed on unpaid leaves of absence due to non-compliance with a mandated vaccination policy in their workplace, will not be eligible for EI benefits. In exceptional cases, the EI program may contact a

Carl Sibley, fighter, mentor, activist DL184 DBR (1941-2021)

Carl Sibley was known in the IAM as a tireless advocate for his members – and for workers in general. Employers also knew that and paid him the respect he deserved. On October 18th, 2021, a beloved husband, father, grandpa, friend to many, and advocate for “the underdog” passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by family. Carl is lovingly remembered by his wife Leena, their children and grandchildren. Carl

“Reconnecting the World” - IAM attends ICAO High-Level Conference on COVID-19

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is holding a two-week conference entitled “Reconnecting the World – High Level Conference on COVID-19”. The virtual conference started on Tuesday October 12, 2021 and runs through Friday October 22, 2021. The IAM has been attending this event through the work that we do on the International Transportation Workers Federation (ITF) air transportation working group. Members of the working group have been participating to

Young Machinists from Local Lodge 2323 shine again

On October 15th the Young Machinists of IAM Local 2323 (Sheryl, Kris and Nicole) as well as the Dave Flowers, PDGC of IAM Transportation District 140, Dave Flowers, went to downtown Toronto and gave out packed lunches to some of the very vulnerable people living on our streets. We successfully handed out 38 lunches and those who received were sincerely grateful. We believe that service to the community is an

COVID-19 Fatality: WSIB Finds IAM Member Contracted Virus in the Workplace

COVID-19 is proving to be a tough adversary as we manage through the fourth wave of the pandemic. In many workplaces across Canada workers have both contracted and died from COVID-19, the culprit of the spread often being lax health and safety protocols. Often numbers of workers sick with COVID-19 are officially underreported, and proving COVID-19 is contracted in the workplace is an uphill battle. From meat processing plants, retail,