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February is Black History Month - Digital Toolkit

The theme for Black History Month 2024 is Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build. Join us back here in February to check out our digital toolkit and more. Every February, people across Canada participate in Black History Month events and festivities that honour the legacy of Black people in Canada and their communities. The 2023 theme for Black History Month is: “Ours to tell”. This theme represents

New Members at LL2332 Ratify First Contract with Northside Toyota

29 January, 2024 Sault Ste Marie, ON – In an important step, the 15 detailers and valets at Northside Toyota have successfully ratified their inaugural contract after voting to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) late last year. The agreement represents a significant step forward for the Northside Toyota workforce, providing them with improved working conditions and remuneration. Motivated by the annual wage increases and enhanced

LL412 Members at AstenJohnson Secure Mid-Contract Savings and Wage Increases

[Kanata, ON] In a move to address the escalating costs of living, shop stewards and union leadership at IAM Local Lodge 412 (LL412) initiated discussions with the employer in July 2022. Faced with significant increases in living expenses, the decision was made to proactively approach the company mid-contract to seek necessary adjustments. Following extensive consultations with shop stewards, a comprehensive proposal was developed, focusing on wage and benefit increases. This

IAM Committee on the Future Presents Membership’s Ideas to Executive Council

The voices of IAM members continue to be heard at the highest levels of the IAM. This week, the IAM’s Committee on the Future presented its findings to the IAM Executive Council at the Winpisinger Center. The meeting came after the committee conducted more than 50 listening sessions with members across North America. “We are extremely grateful for the Committee on the Future and every member who participated in this

LL1295 members at Courtyard Marriott in Brampton ratify new contract

Last week IAM Local 1295 members, that provide the housekeeping and maintenance services at Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Brampton ratified a new 4-year contract. “An immediate wage adjustment, annual wage increases and an additional paid holiday for part-time employees are some of the highlights,” said IAM District 78 Union Representative Vivianne Simon. Vivianne further said that, “negotiations committee members Maritza and Pamela held the membership together”,  Courtyard by Marriott

Useful Numbers (2024) - by Ivana Saula

 1. OLD AGE SECURITY BENEFIT (Monthly, at age 65, January 2024)  75+: $ 784.67  2. CANADA/QUEBEC PENSION PLAN (2023)  Maximum Monthly Survivor Benefit CPP: Under 65: $ 739.31 65 & Over: $ 818.76  Maximum Monthly Survivor Benefit QPP: 45-64 years of age: $ 1,102.80 (Varies with age, disability and dependents) 65+: $ 822.14  CPP Children’s benefits: Pension for a disabled person’s child: CPP: $ 294.12 QPP: $ 294.12  PREMIUMS: Contribution

IAM Installs Executive Council as International President Bryant Outlines Vision for Strong, Growing Union

As the new year of 2024 opens, so does a new chapter in the 135-year history of the IAM. Members of the IAM Executive Council on Friday, Jan. 5 took part in an officer installation ceremony at IAM Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, Md. Watch the full installation ceremony here. “From the bottom of my heart, I could not be more humbled to have taken this oath to become your 15th

Eric Rancourt Appointed IAM Canadian Special Representative

12 December, 2023 – IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. has appointed District 11 Business Representative Eric Rancourt as a Canadian Special Representative. The appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2024. Rancourt, a 25-year member, joined IAM Local 712 as a fitter at Bombardier Aerospace’s Ville Saint-Laurent, Québec plant in 1998. His early union involvement included serving as a shop steward, helping to create his local’s youth committee and becoming involved

District 14 welcomes workers at Daikin Comfort Technologies into Local 1722

The group contacted organizer, Kyle Franzen, out of District 14, this was due to one of the employee’s previous histories working for Air Canada. Kevin Timms, of District 140 relayed the contact information to Kyle, and the process began. A first agreement was bargained and ratified in early November, which established consistent pay raises and rights in the workplace. The new members will be part of Local Lodge 1722. Kyle

Kim Valliere appointed to OFL Executive Board

IAM Canadian General Vice-President David Chartrand has appointed Kim Valliere as the IAM representative to the Executive Board of the Ontario Federation of Labour. Valliere will be responsible for representing the IAM and the many issues IAM members face. She will also represent the voice of Ontario workers. A 32-year IAM member, Sister Valliere became a member of IAM Local Lodge 2330 (now Local Lodge 103) in 1990, when she