November 2021

70 new members, one great deal for nurses

For immediate release 29 November, 2021 York Region, ON – After months of negotiations, the over 70 Registered Nurses (RN) and Registered Practical nurses (RPN) are now new IAM members employed at RNS Health Care Services. This weekend they voted to accept their first contract and it was conducted virtually, the second time District 78 negotiated virtually with this employer. “We’ve never met face to face with the employer, so there

Disaster Relief for IAM Members  - A Message from GVP Dave Chartrand

Disaster Relief for IAM Members A Message from GVP Dave Chartrand Dear IAM members, We have all been following the terrible fortunes of residents of British Columbia and Atlantic Canada lately – and our hearts go out to all those affected. Losing our houses, vehicles, possessions and many other intangibles affects our lives and how we look at the world. If you are an IAM Member who has been affected, or you know of

Pickthall Honoured at Guide Dogs Banquet

Retired Canadian General Vice-President (GVP) Stan Pickthall was awarded the Gift of Sight Award at the 40th Annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino last week. The Awards Banquet, with more than 950 people present, was a huge success, with many attendees not having seen each other due to the pandemic. Pickthall, one of the awardees, continued the journeyman’s work of raising monies

#RatifyC190 : Workers rise across the world to end gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work

On 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, trade unions across the world will take action for the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment. They will maintain this action for 16 days of activism, 25 November – 10 December, calling for the further ratification of ILO Convention 190. Nine governments have ratified C190, with over 20 governments in the process

Local 2418 members at Towne Ford unanimously happy with new deal

Miramichi, NB – After a “contract hand-off”, a deal was reached between members of IAM Local 2418 and their employer, Towne Ford. Grand Lodge Representative Rick Arsenault began negotiating the new contract before his retirement at the end of October. As his replacement, Matt Barnable came in the union went back into conciliation with a clear mandate from the members.” “Our members were very sure about what they wanted to

Local 835 members reach agreement with Clow Canada

Saint John, NB – Production, maintenance, material handlers, millwrights and machine operators at Canada’s only fire hydrant manufacturer voted to accept the new agreement which brought numerous improvements. Pensions, wages, benefits and vacation selection were some of the main issues for the LL835 members. Increases for orthodontics, especially for braces, a shift premium increase and long-service bonuses were all negotiated. Grand Lodge Representative Rick Arsenault negotiated the contract despite a

Jim Patterson, Rest in Peace

15 November, 2021 Edmonton, AB – It is our sad duty to inform you that Brother Jim Patterson, Business Representative and Organiser for IAM District 14 passed away tragically this past weekend. Jim had an incident with the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) he was in. We will share more details as we have them. “His family and his job were of great importance to him,” said Kevin Clark, Directing Business Representative

New agreement in The Soo for Local 2332 members at Superior Dodge Chrysler

For immediate release 10 November, 2021 Sault Ste. Marie, ON – The members of Local 2332 working at Superior Dodge Chrysler in Sault Ste-Marie ratified a new 3-year agreement. Highlights of the agreement are: annual wage increases, 2 paid sick days and an increase in pension. “Negotiating Committee members Chris Girardi and Dwayne Cadham did great job,” said Scott Jackson, Grand Lodge Representative, Organising. The bargaining unit consists of technicians,

Quebec could become a North American leader in aircraft recovery

By Guillaume Valois LL712 and DL11 Communicator Montreal – In response to Airbus’ statement to accelerate aircraft recycling by creating partnerships in different regions of the world, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), calls on our governments and stakeholders in Quebec’s aerospace ecosystem to mobilize to make Quebec a North American leader in this area. This is the kind of project that could have positive impacts at