The 2009 Federal Budget: Preliminary Canadian Labour Congress Analysis

Impact on Jobs and the Economy What We Wanted The most important priority for the Budget was to stop the unemployment rate from rising to at least 8% this year and to double digit levels next year. “Fiscal stimulus” is not the same thing as running a deficit. The federal government is going into deficit mainly because tax revenues are slumping along with the economy, but this does not inject

Half-hearted Budget Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Georgetti says government must do more to stimulate economy and help innocent victims of recession OTTAWA – The Canadian Labour Congress says that the federal budget doesn’t go far enough to stimulate the economy and put money into the pockets of Canadians who are innocent victims of the economic recession. “We have called repeatedly on the government to fix the Employment Insurance program so that laid-off workers have adequate benefits

Machinists Achieve Five Years of Stability at Messier-Dowty!

Monday January 26, 2009 For Immediate Release St. Laurent, QC – Both the workers and the company are viewed as winners in the latest contract agreement signed by the members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1758 and Messier-Dowty. “Recognizing the current global economic situation, I feel we were able to negotiate a contract that will ensure the financial stability of our members and the company for the next five years,” explained

Health and Safety News: MSDS - A FORGOTTEN TOOL

WHMIS or Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System requires Provincial and Federal workplace compliance to its legislation. In our never ending world of Health & Safety acts, codes, legislations, guidelines and standards (lawyers have nothing on us) WHMIS is one of the few regulations that is universally pervasive to provincial and federal workers. Employers must provide WHMIS training to all workers. Inside the WHMIS legislation is the Material Safety Data Sheet

Machinists have new deal with ABB Lachine!

Tuesday January 6, 2009 For Immediate Release Montréal, QC – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1660 employed by Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) Incorporated of Lachine, Québec, have a new collective agreement. The three-year deal provides for wage increases of 3 per cent in each year. Other agreement highlights include : •A signing bonus upon ratification of the agreement •New classification of Fitter •Creation of a summer schedule •Three sickness days paid

C'est l'économie! qui compte!

Les Canadiens et les Canadiennes ont été frappés durement par la crise économique. Nous perdons des milliers d’emplois et nos pensions sont mises à mal. Le gouvernement doit trouver des solutions qui aident tout le monde et non seulement les banques et les grandes entreprises qui nous ont mis dans ce bourbier. Les travailleurs et les travailleuses et leurs syndicats feront partie de la solution à mesure que les Canadiens

Get Real! It's the Economy

Canadians have been hit hard by the economic crisis. We are losing thousands of jobs and our pensions are taking a beating. Government must find solutions that help everybody, not just the banks and corporations that got us into this mess. Working people and their unions are going to be part of the solution as Canadians rebuild their lives and communities. The Canadian Labour Congress has a plan to stimulate

Ontario Patient Transfer Workers Join Machinists!

Monday January 5, 2009 For Immediate Release Hamilton, ON – Ontario Patient Transfer workers in Hamilton-Wentworth Region are the newest members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The one hundred new members of IAMAW District Lodge 78 provide non-emergency ambulatory patient transfers from Hamilton to Toronto in the east and as far west as Niagara Falls. “Most of the credit for this organizing victory goes to Apprentice

Les mécaniciens, les pauses-café et notre avenir - par Carlos DaCosta

par Carlos DaCosta Les pauses-café permettent de prendre quelques minutes pour se détendre et entamer une conversation avec ses collègues de travail au sujet de choses qui nous préoccupent. Des changements importants dans l’industrie de l’aviation du Canada et des événements mondiaux catastrophiques qui ont eu lieu durant la dernière décennie ont refroidi l’ambiance dans le milieu de travail. Cet article à apparu dans AviNation, printemps 2008 (Téléchargez, PDF) Plusieurs

Mechanics, Coffee Breaks and our Future - by Carlos DaCosta

by Carlos DaCosta Coffee breaks offer a few minutes to relax and converse with fellow workers about things on our minds. Enormous changes in the aviation industry in Canada and catastrophic global events over the last decade have altered the mood of the workplace. This article appeared in AviNation, Fall 2008 (download PDF) Many of us entered aviation and performed a job related to aircraft because we were thrilled with