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Concrete action needed to address anti-Black racism and discrimination (CLC)

Canada’s unions are marking Black History Month by calling for long-term, concrete government action to address systemic labour market discrimination and disadvantages faced by Black workers. “Black people in Canada have had to struggle with the impacts of colonial systems that have rooted anti-Black racism into our institutions, policies, workplaces and society,” said Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress. “So, while we celebrate Black History Month, it’s critical

Local 2418 members at Towne Ford unanimously happy with new deal

Miramichi, NB – After a “contract hand-off”, a deal was reached between members of IAM Local 2418 and their employer, Towne Ford. Grand Lodge Representative Rick Arsenault began negotiating the new contract before his retirement at the end of October. As his replacement, Matt Barnable came in the union went back into conciliation with a clear mandate from the members.” “Our members were very sure about what they wanted to

New agreement in The Soo for Local 2332 members at Superior Dodge Chrysler

For immediate release 10 November, 2021 Sault Ste. Marie, ON – The members of Local 2332 working at Superior Dodge Chrysler in Sault Ste-Marie ratified a new 3-year agreement. Highlights of the agreement are: annual wage increases, 2 paid sick days and an increase in pension. “Negotiating Committee members Chris Girardi and Dwayne Cadham did great job,” said Scott Jackson, Grand Lodge Representative, Organising. The bargaining unit consists of technicians,

Determination and grit bring 66 new members to LL235

For immediate release 22 September, 2021 Brampton, ON – IAM District 78 organisers were immediately impressed with the determination of workers at Vision Truck Group in Brampton, Ontario. The short campaign, only 3 weeks ago in length, led to 66 workers voting to join the IAM. “They stuck to their plan: getting a union. We were pleased to know they had confidence in the IAM and what we had to

CF-18 and CC-150 Polaris Replacement - Machinists Union demands guarantees from federal parties

Montreal – The IAMAW Machinists Union is reminding federal parties of the importance of replacing the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18 and CC-150 Polaris aircraft in a way that generates benefits for Canada and contributes to the recovery of the aerospace sector. The impact of the pandemic was swift and crushing, and while a recovery is underway, key Canadian industries still need government support. “Since the next federal government will

156 Howmet Canada workers join IAMAW

Specializing in the manufacture of aluminum castings for the aerospace industry, workers at Howmet Canada (Laval) joined the IAMAW to gain respect in the workplace and to be able to count on the expertise of the world’s largest union in the aerospace sector. “Over the course of our discussions with the workers, we were able to build a relationship of trust and demonstrate our professionalism,” said Alessandro Bernardelli, Responsible for

Disheartening, Deplorable, Disgraceful and Disgusting!

01 June, 2021 “It is beyond disheartening for Air Canada Executives to be rewarding themselves so handsomely with these obscene bonuses during the worst performance in this corporation’s history. Our members were rewarded with unprecedented layoff notices during the same period, with no opportunity to recover their losses. This absolutely disgusting!” said Stan Pickthall, IAM Canadian General Vice-President. “When the federal government gave Air Canada $5.9 billion in April, 2021, there were specific

Local Lodge 412 members at AstenJohnson ratify new contract

For immediate release 12 March, 2021 Kanata, ON – Members working at AstenJohnson in Kanata ratified their new collective agreement incorporating many gains despite the uncertainties caused by the pandemic. Shane Woito, President of Local Lodge 412, thanked the Local and the organization, for the opportunity to lead the Bargaining from start to finish. “It was exciting to have the responsibility of working with the employer, and a great experience

IAM Local 2332 in The Soo ratify agreement at Superior Nissan

The 21 members of Superior Nissan ratified a new agreement today. Highlights are wage adjustments, annual increases, annual pension increases, lower benefit premiums, layoff language and improved vacation. The members collectively work at Superior Nissan, Superior Custom Detailing and Superior Used Cars in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. This is their second collective agreement. GLR Jackson, who helped with the negotiations said, “This was their second agreement and they wanted to

Local 103 members at Cedarcroft ratify two-year agreement

A two-year agreement was recently ratified at Cedarcroft Place. This agreement provides wage increases each year of the agreement, increased vacation entitlement and improved sick and pandemic pay language. Special thank you to the committee for all their hard work. “Our IAM members have worked hard through this pandemic with dedication and self-sacrifice,” said Kim Valliere, District 78 Directing Business Representative. The 56 members consist of Registered Professional Nurses, UCP’S,