IAM Service to the Community

At GKN in St. Thomas, we recently wound up our United Way drive with a lunch. The lunch tickets were entered into a draw for donated prizes from vendors and our Union, the IAM, including T-shirts, hats and golf balls.
We also made donations through payroll deductions, which are then entered into a draw for bigger prizes, including $125 donated by our IAM Local 1975.
This year our goal was to raise $17,000 and after a lot of hard work, we managed to raise over $20,000 for local charities.
We also have a Christmas tree set up in the cafeteria with stockings on it with gift suggestions. Here is a picture of the tree taken in early December. I think we will be making Christmas merrier for a lot of kids.
Ken Atterbury, Local 1975

Machinists ratify first contract with Cambridge Shelter

Cambridge, ON – The members of IAM Local Lodge 103 have ratified their first collective agreement with Cambridge Shelter Corporation.

“They fought us hard getting unionized earlier this year and again during negotiations, this was a long and tough battle,” said IAM Grand Lodge Organizer Scott Jackson. “The members and the negotiations committee of Joyann Robbins, Eric Johnson and Dean Hislop stayed strong and achieved their goal.”

The one-year agreement provides the membership with job security and a grievance procedure. Other agreement highlights include:

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Improved vacation benefits
Bereavement leave
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Members of Local 1975 (formally 1863 in Goderich) says goodbye to a Brother.

Union Brother Jeff Bissett passed away November 21, 2018 at the age of 50 years.

Jeff was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich Ontario, Canada, May 20, 1986 in the Welding Dept. at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975).

Jeff was there until the plant closed in 2009.

Jeff’s Funeral is November 26, 2018 at the McCallum & Palla Funeral Home in Goderich. Interment Maitland Cemetery.

IAM Knowledge is Power!!

On Monday, at IAM District 78 office in Toronto, eager workplace stewards attended a basic stewards seminar. The IAM knows that the Local stewards are the primary connection most members have with their Union. This training will help them to better assist and deal with their members in the workplace

IAM dedicated to the education of our members

Thank you to the members of IAM Local 1922 for providing me with the opportunity to attend the November 2018 session of Leadership I at the IAM’s Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, Maryland.

The week-long course was a tremendous and unparalleled learning experience in which I was able to meet, share, collaborate, and build friendships with a diverse cadre of IAM members from across Canada and the US.

The Winpisinger Center, and our dedication to hands-on labour education, is what makes us unique as a union. The learning opportunity offered to our members at the center, to explore how to best fight for dignity and economic and social justice, gives us the power we need as unionists to effect positive change in our communities.

I only hope that I can do right by my fellow members in bringing back what I’ve learned to my Local and workplace”. Stephen Michalowicz
The IAM is the only Union education centre in North America dedicated to the education of its own members.

City of Mississauga Local 1922

Last week there was a celebration at the City of Mississauga for IAM District 78 member Mertol Sezer. Mertol has been employed by the City in the custodial department for 19 years.
IAM Rep. Kim Valliere, attended the celebration along with his co-workers and management. Mertol was presented with an IAM watch from Local 1922. Pizza, snacks, desserts, and cake were enjoyed by all who attended.
Mertol is looking forward to his retirement and spending time with family and friends.

IAM Political

On Saturday, a Political Action Meeting was held at IAM District 78 offices. The meeting was well attended, with several Locals and Districts represented. Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall and several staff from the Canadian Office ensured the meeting had an Ontario-wide perspective. The primary objective of the PAC meeting was to define an ongoing and consistent strategy of communicating with the IAM membership and their communities in the political process.
Attendees went away feeling that they had made some great movement in developing that strategy. Hopefully, if the IAM can deliver a consistent, to the point message, our members will have a better understanding of issues that could affect the working lives of themselves, and/or their families. We hope that everyone who attended this meeting, can reach out and talk to some other potential political activists, and bring those members out to our next PAC meeting on Saturday, January 12, 2019.

IAM breaks new ground in transportation with organizing win

Montréal, QC – The IAM has broken new ground in the transportation sector in Canada by organizing its first trucking firm.

More than 120 workers employed by Transport Laberge are the newest members of IAM Local Lodge 869 and IAM District Lodge 11.

“This was a six month campaign that initially concentrated on their operations in Montréal,” explained IAM District Lodge 11 Business Representative Luc Frigon. “But once workers at their Québec City operation heard of our campaign, they also wanted representation and contacted us and we quickly signed cards. We won the organizing vote with a 78 per cent acceptance”

The members consist of mechanics, drivers, stores personnel and cleaners.

Transport Leberge transports in excess of 235,000 automobiles each year between major points in North America for the major automobile manufacturers. They specialize in transporting personal cars from Canada to Florida.

Cambridge workers celebrate 50th anniversary of first contract!

Cambridge, ON – It has had three corporate employers and merged with other IAM Local Lodges but one thing has remained constant, only one Union – The IAM. Last week, Local 2330, now part of IAM Local Lodge 103 turned to its past to celebrate its first collective agreement signed 50 years ago.

It began on May 5, 1968 when IAM Local Lodge 2330 signed its first collective agreement with Cello Products, then located on Bishop Street in the town of Preston, Ontario. Wages then were $1.15 an hour and things were pretty good for the members who worked there. Within a year, Cello became part of the Long Manufacturing Division of Borg Warner Canada, four years later Preston was amalgamated with neighbours Galt and Hespeler to form the new City of Cambridge. Over the years, the number of members at the local rose and fell with the state of the local and provincial economy and in 2003 the employer changed names again, this time to the current Dana Canada Corporation. As often is the case with a declining membership, other local lodges with similar problems were merged into Local Lodge 2330. In 2007, LL 863 at Ball Packaging in Burlington was the first, followed by Local Lodge 1547 at Anvil and Norfolk Volunteer Firefighters in Simcoe as well as Local Lodge 1673 at Flowserve in Brantford, both in 2011. Finally in 2013 Local Lodge 2330 merged with the oldest and the first IAM Local Lodge in Canada, 103 of Stratford.

IAM Aerospace 2018

IAM District 78 representatives and delegates, along with more than 300 other IAM participants are on hand for the 2018 IAM Aerospace Conference this week in Fort Worth, TX, the hometown of IAM International President Bob Martinez.
Delegates are participating in breakout sessions, learning about and discussing new technology in the industry, healthcare issues, negotiations, organizing and many other issues affecting members.
The IAM is the largest aerospace Union in Canada and North America.