April 2024

David Chartrand and CLC Council meet with Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh

On 18 April, 2024, the CLC Canadian Council met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Both leaders discussed their work and addressed anti-scab legislation, Pharmacare, dental care programs and other progressive legislation. They spoke of their support for workers and the importance of strong unions and the role they play for Canadians. CLC President Bea Bruske welcomed Trudeau and Singh to the House of Labour. Addressing

Bolder action needed to make life more affordable and tackle corporate greed - CLC

16 April, 2024 Bruske: Budget 2024 made some progress with housing investments and tax measures, but workers need greater ambition to make life more affordable While Canada’s unions welcome tax fairness measures, investments in housing and the new National School Food Program, Budget 2024 lacks the ambition needed to deliver results for working people. Workers are being squeezed by a cost-of-living crisis and bolder investments are required to provide relief

LL235 members at TTC ratify new and improved agreement

IAM Union Local 235 members employed by the Toronto Transit Commission ratified a new collective agreement last week. In addition to some wage adjustments, there were improvements to benefit plans, bereavement, uniforms and annual wage increases. The TTC is one of the oldest and the largest transit system in Canada. IAM Union members maintain and repair TTC streetcars and other transit vehicles used on the system. For more information:Ben Osakue,

Victory at last for workers at RTI Claro Inc.

Nearly two years ago, Quebec’s District 11 of the IAM filed a petition for certification with the administrative tribunal to represent a group of workers at RTI Claro Inc., a division of Howmet Aerospace. Following the filing, the employer challenged the description of the bargaining unit all the way to the Superior Court to prevent the workers from unionising. After much legal wrangling, an agreement was reached on the targeted

Better Than Ever - 10th anniversary for Canadian Political Action Symposium

It was a successful 10th anniversary for the Canadian Political Action Symposium. IAM activists from across Canada gathered at the crown jewel of the IAM, the Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, Maryland for the Symposium. By all accounts, it was the best ever! IAM Canadian General Vice-President David Chartrand underscored the importance of political action, especially in light of the upcoming federal election in 2025. “Engaging our members

Day of Mourning Ceremonies 2024

April 28, 2024 at12:00 AM – 11:59 PM April 28th is the labour movement’s most solemn day, but also one to refocus our commitment to preventing future workplace injuries and deaths. Every year, thousands of workers, friends and families of fallen workers gather at ceremonies across Canada to recognize the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. This year, we will gather in communities across the

IAM member giving back to the community

IAM Local 835 member in Saint John, NB, Rick Clayton (left) receiving the Clow/McWane Canada 2024 volunteer of the year award from company Vice-President Rick Benoit. Rick has volunteered his time and energy to the help with homelessness in Saint John, New Brunswick. He is on the front line and having a direct impact. Rick spends every Saturday afternoon to help feed the homeless as well to provide people with