November 2023

Canada’s acquisition of 16 P-8 Poseidon aircraft from Boeing:  A choice that lacks vision and ambition

Montreal, Thursday, November 30, 2023 – For us, there’s no justification for going with a direct contract. This choice is a form of contempt for our aerospace industry and the workers for whom it is famous. “The Canadian government has just missed an opportunity to be transparent with Canadians, to give our Canadian companies the opportunity to showcase themselves and our industry,” said David Chartrand, Canadian General Vice-President of the

IAM Canada again outnumbers all others in CLC Lobby on Parliament Hill

Ottawa, ON – On Tuesday, more than 200 labour activists met with MPs on Parliament Hill under the banner of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) – and once again the dominant group came from the IAM. This time 57 IAM members lobbied parliamentarians on the need for a quicker implementation of the Anti-Scab Law, A national Pharmacare plan and sustainable jobs. On Monday evening, the IAM had a caucus meeting

Select Luxury Items Tax Could Leave Canada’s Aerospace Grounded – Urgent Government Action Required

OTTAWA, Nov. 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) are sounding the alarm on the severe and negative impacts of the Select Luxury Items Tax Act. An updated study conducted by Professor Jacques Roy of HEC Montréal revealed that more than 3,800 jobs are currently at risk across Canada’s aerospace sector, with 19 aircraft orders

A 4-year contract for Airbus Atlantic Canada members

(Blainville, Friday, November 24, 2023) – Meeting this afternoon in Blainville, the 111 members of the Airbus Atlantic unit, IAMAW Local Lodge 712, voted 67.4% in favour of their employer’s offer. This was the second offer to be presented to members, the first having been rejected by 98.8% on November 12. “This second labour contract for the Airbus Atlantique unit puts in place fair working conditions”, explains Christian Bertrand, President

CP-140 Aurora replacement: We have the expertise to compete for this contract (Open Letter from David Chartrand)

In today’s economic context, promoting Canadian interests in industries with the potential to generate significant economic benefits for the country should be at the top of our list of priorities. Referring to the Lockheed CP-140 Aurora replacement, federal Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne recently stated that his government would take into account national security, the need to make the best choice for taxpayers, and the promotion of the Canadian aerospace industry.

Rallying for Affordable Housing

“Each year on November 22, the City of Toronto observes National Housing Day to recognize the vital work done by housing partners, including providers, across Canada to improve access to safe, adequate and affordable housing for everyone.” (City of Toronto website.) Delegates OFL’s 17th Biennial Convention rallied in the streets of Toronto’s Financial District and marched in support of affordable housing, rent control and fair wages to reinforce the convention theme

My very first Convention – by Aaron Miller, LL235, Vice-President

I woke up early that Monday morning with excitement and curiosity of what I may learn or encounter that day. I was surprised and in awe that there were so many others in a similar fight to improve working conditions. I call on all my siblings to engage in your local lodges, communities and workplaces. This experience has opened my eyes to the many issues faced within the labour movement

My first time at the OFL Convention - Tom Lowe, VP LL 1542

Attending the OFL conference provided me a new perspective in regards to the Ontario Labour movement. The items brought forward and debated were informative, but I am returning home feeling an opportunity was missed. I want to be clear, equality in the workplace is vitally important. I also believe Ontario workers deserve wages, pensions and benefits that will provide affordable housing and a comfortable standard of living for themselves and

My first time as an OFL delegate, and how did I get here? - By Heather Kohli, LL 907

Not long after becoming an employee with my current employer about 17 years ago, I became the Secretary/Treasurer of my Local, but we were a small Local, not affiliated with the greater labour movement, even though my employer is a labour union. Since our local joined IAMAW four years ago, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in some great training programs at the Winpisinger centre and grow my network of

My impressions of the OFL Convention - By Joshua Tunde, LL1231

This is my first attendance of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Convention. It’s Inspiring to see the diversity of the members attending from all walks of life. I immediately felt I belonged because they stand for the improvement of workers’ lives. All speakers referred to the importance of unity – standing up together to collectively use our voices and act. Enough is Enough is the theme of the convention,