Machinists’ News

One more step for Anti-Scab law

We lobbied hard on this…… Anti-Scab legislation Bill C-58, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code and the Canada Industrial Relations Board Regulations, has been adopted at Third Reading in the Senate. This legislation will prohibit the use of replacement workers and improve the maintenance of activities in federally regulated workplaces in Canada. It has been a long time coming. The next step is receiving royal assent from the Senate. Thanks

Canada’s unions: workers have waited long enough to pass Bill C-64, An Act Respecting Pharmacare

Bruske: The Senate must pass the bill without amendments or further delays. OTTAWA- Pharmacare is about ensuring that families across Canada have access to better health care by covering prescription medications. It fills a critical gap in our healthcare system but, the Senate’s delay in passing Bill C-64 is jeopardizing this critical legislation. “Millions of Canadians have waited long enough to benefit from free diabetes medication and birth control,” said

IAM Local 1848 members ratify contract with HudBay

IAM Local 1848 ratified a new collective agreement late on 14 June, 2024. After months of bargaining, they reached an agreement that was recommended by the committee and accepted by the membership. President, Rene Beauchamp said, “This is the best agreement I’ve seen in nearly 30 years of being on the negotiating committee. The membership will see increases to their wages, pension, and benefits.” There is also new and enhanced

Official Call for the 41st Convention of the Grand Lodge of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

OFFICIAL CIRCULAR NO. 896 ISSUED: February 16, 2024 To the Membership of All Local Lodges of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers GREETINGS In compliance with the provisions of Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution, the Executive Council has selected New York City as the convention site, and a call is hereby issued for the 41st Convention of the Grand Lodge of the International Association of Machinists

Letter from GVP David Chartrand re: possible TTC Strike

Dear TTC Board Chair and Commissioners,  On behalf of the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers members in Canada, I am writing to express my full support for the nearly 12,000 TTC workers, represented by ATU Local 113, who are currently bargaining a new collective agreement with you. Like most people in Toronto, our members rely on the TTC to get to and from work, to get their kids

60th Annual OPCM Convention a huge success

The Ontario Provincial Council of Machinists (OPCM) held their 60th Annual Convention in the Toronto area this past weekend. Conducted over the weekend of 31 May – 02 June, the Convention highlighted issues important to many IAM members and workers in general. Since the inaugural OPCM held its first annual Convention in 1964, the face and the shape of the conventions have undergone a dramatic transformation. Many speakers and participants

IAM applauds Historic Pharmacare Victory

Yesterday, Bill C-64, An Act Respecting Pharmacare, passed at third reading in the House of Commons. “This is an historic victory for the labour movement,” said IAM Canadian General Vice-President David Chartrand. “I want to thank all the IAM political activists and members who took the time to email, write, and lobby their Members of Parliament (MP) in the effort to reach this historic milestone.” Bill C-64 represents the biggest

Fighting Machinists Secure Historic Contract at British Airways, Elevating Standards of Living for IAM Members in Toronto and Montreal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto – Customer service representatives working for British Airways in Toronto and Montreal recently ratified a new three-year collective agreement. “This agreement marks a significant milestone in the pursuit of fair wages and improved working conditions for IAM Members at British Airways. Our bargaining teams out of IAM Local 2413 and IAM Local 2309 did a great job fighting for what they deserve at the bargaining table.”

Pride 2024: No one left behind: Equality, freedom, and justice for all

June 1, 2024 SHARE For Pride 2024, Canada’s unions stand firm under the banner of “No One Left Behind: Equality, Freedom, and Justice for All.” In solidarity with our 2SLGBTQI+ siblings, we affirm our commitment to safeguarding the rights of 2SLGBTQI+ people and refusing any attempts to turn back the progress we’ve fought tirelessly to achieve. 2SLGBTQI+ workers are integral members of Canada’s labour movement, proudly serving as activists, shop stewards and

IAM Local 2413 wins big in grievance settlement

On March 15th 2023, the Ottawa Airport Authority issued a press release indicating they were revoking Menzies licence to operate in a 30-day period. IAM District 140 General Chairperson (GC) Michael Corrado sprang into action to advocate for this group of bargaining unit members. GC Corrado challenged the employer for not giving the group of more than 50 workers from IAM Local Lodge 2413 the required notice period specified in