Machinists’ News

The State of Our Union on the IAM’s 136th Birthday!

Dear IAM family, Happy 136th birthday to the IAM! It’s a testament to all of you, and all those who came before us, that our great union has risen from a railroad pit in Atlanta in 1888 to the powerful force for working people that we are today. Since having the honor of becoming the IAM’s 15th International President on Jan. 1, myself and your Executive Council have hit the ground

An industry-best 5-year agreement for Airbus Canada union members

(Mirabel, QC, Wednesday, 1 May, 2024) – Members of Airbus Canada, IAM Local Lodge 712, voted 77.14 per cent in favour of their new contract. Nearly 81 per cent of the 1,300 workers cast ballots in the vote, which ran from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. In addition to the changes proposed by the conciliator from the Direction générale des relations de travail, the new contract includes most of

IAM Members organise Living Wage Rally at Pearson Airport to promote a Living Wage

Dan Janssen, General Chairperson with IAM District 140 organised a well-attended rally at Pearson Airport in Toronto on 01 May, 2024. Dan and other IAM members, members of other unions and non-union workers at the airport have been working tirelessly on this issue for many years. Today’s rally was the largest in many years, partially due to COVID-19, but mostly due to the hardships faced by workers at airports and

‘There Should Never Be Any Doubt About the Power of the IAM’: IAM International Staff Conference Kicks Off in Washington, D.C.

‘There Should Never Be Any Doubt About the Power of the IAM’: IAM International Staff Conference Kicks Off in Washington, D.C. The 2024 IAM International Staff Conference took place this past week in Washington, D.C., drawing together approximately 600 IAM staff from across North America. This important event marks a strategic gathering designed to chart the future course for growth and transformation within the IAM, ensuring our union remains at

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