IAM fights for Income security

Bill C-27: A step backwards in providing retirement income security for Canadians.

Bill C-27: A step backwards in providing retirement income security for Canadians.

Content of Bill C-27, An Act to amend the Pension Benefit Standards Act (1985)

This Bill amends the current Pension Benefit Standards Act (PBSA) to allow for the establishment of target benefit (TB) pension plans in the federal sector. It also permits permit the purchase of life annuities for former members and survivors of currently established defined benefit (DB) pension plans as an acceptable method of satisfying the DB plan sponsor’s benefit obligations to those selfsame former members and survivors.

The IAM is categorically opposed to this Bill. Continue reading

Union Brother, Bruce Wilmer Barrie

Union Brother, Bruce Wilmer Barrie, passed away Jan. 9, 2017.

Bruce was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich ON, Canada, as a Stock Controller, Jan. 29, 1973, at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975).

Bruce retired Sept. 01, 1999. His family has received a Bible from the LL 1863 Retirees Club.

IAM Local 2113 in the Spirit of the Season

Last Saturday, IAM Local 2113 held a Christmas get-together for its membership. Over 200 members and their partners attended the event which featured dinner and dancing, as well as entertainment, such as the drummers pictured above. A great time was had by all, and it seems that every year, the event gets a little bigger. IAM Local 2113 represents workers at Autoliv Canada in Markham who manufacture parts for the auto industry.


IAM Stronger with MY Union

The IAM members of Local 1295 who work at Thorncliffe Retirement home in Nepean, ratified their first collective agreement late last week. In addition to annual wage increases, improvements were made to vacation and overtime. The members will also receive a uniform allowance and will be joining the IAM Pension Plan in the second year of their contract. District 78 Business Representative Jim Snider, stated that, “negotiations committee members Fakhri Khamseh and Norma Bautista remained steadfast throughout the process that improvements needed to happen”.1295

You retire from your workplace, Not your Union

IAM District 78 Retiree’s held their annual Christmas luncheon in Brampton earlier this week. In addition to an excellent roast beef lunch, attendee’s were treated to music and a trivia contest by DJ Colin Cherry, followed up with a rousing game of bingo. You may retire from the job, but you never retire from the Union!

IAM with CBTU for a better tomorrow for all!


On Saturday, IAM members from the Toronto area, along with members from many other unions, attended an awards dinner for the CBTU. The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists is an organization that is working to improve the economic development and employment opportunities for workers of African-Descent within the framework of the trade union movement. The IAM’s own Frank Saptel received the June Veecock award for leadership.    Well done brother!

Knowledge is POWER

On Monday shop stewards from across southern Ontario met for basic stewards training at IAM District 78 offices in Toronto. IAM Representative Heather Kelley, noted that they “all actively participated and were eager to improve their skills to help out in their respective workplaces.”stewards-training-pic