April 28 is a National Day of Mourning

April 28 is a National Day of Mourning


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Workers die on the job every day. Every year, hundreds of thousands more suffer injury or illness because of their working conditions. They are not forgotten. Unions, labour councils, families and community partners gather annually on April 28 to mourn these losses and vow to prevent more. They follow with action in the workplace and community pressing for work that promotes dignity and health.

April 28 is a National Day of Mourning to recognize workers injured or killed on the job. The Canadian Labour Congress first declared the Day in 1984. More than 100 countries now observe the Day too.

On April 28

  • attend a Day of Mourning event in your community
  • encourage others to attend an event
  • draft a message for your organization’s publication or web site
  • work with local media to promote and cover the Day’s significance and events
  • convince employers and public institutions to among other things lower flags to half-mast
  • work with other interested groups to host related events.

Every day of the year

  • educate others about health and safety rights, responsibilities and prevention measures
  • insist on effective workplace prevention programs developed with full worker participation
  • insist on training that supports the identification, assessment and control of workplace hazards
  • encourage local media to report on health, safety and environmental issues
  • press elected officials to support stronger regulations and better enforcement of existing laws
  • create monuments to promote public awareness of workplace health and safety
  • host events with similar objectives in mind.


Gold Star Recognition for Winpisinger Center Kitchen Staff

In early April, the St. Mary’s County Health Department awarded its prestigious Gold Star Award to the kitchen staff at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center, located in Hollywood, MD.

WATCH: Winpisinger Center Kitchen Honored for Food Safety

“I have to give credit where credit is due,” said Winpisinger Center Kitchen Supervisor Cecilia Murphy. “I have four cooks and four assistants. There are two cooks and two assistants per shift.” Continue reading

Union Brother John (“Jack”) Tigert

Union Brother John (“Jack”) Tigert passed away April 12, 2017, in his 90th year.

Jack was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich ON, Canada, as a Stock Controller, May 22, 1962, at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975).

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Goderich ON, April 18, 2017. His Family will be receiving a Bible from LL 1863 Retirees Club.

Where do we go from here?

ndp 2017

The recent election of Donald Trump has left many of us asking: why did this happen and where do we go from here to ensure this phenomenon isn’t exported to Canada?

On March 18th, the Hamilton Mountain NDP Riding Association hosted a series of workshops, to discuss these new political dynamics with the ultimate goal of strategizing an effective social democratic response to right wing populism.
Members of the IAM responded to the invitation and took home ideas and responses to offer our membership to build a more inclusive and socially democratic Canada.

Machinists Look Forward to Mark International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day will be globally celebrated on Wednesday, March 8, recognizing the contribution women make in the world and calling for gender equality. Recognition of International Women’s Day dates back to the early 1900’s.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the percentage of women in the workforce has risen sharply in the past 60 years, from 33 percent in 1948 to 57 percent in 2016. While women make up nearly 46 percent of the workforce, there is still a broad gap in wages. On average, women make over 21 percent less than their male counterparts.

“We are proud to support International Women’s Day because while women in the U.S. suffer, there are women around the world who are treated a great deal worse,” said IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes. “Unfortunately in the U.S., it’s only through a union’s collective action that women achieve equality at work. I’m proud to be a part of that great equalizer for inequality in the workplace.” Continue reading

Business Representatives for the United Food and Commercial Workers – UFCW Canada

Toronto, ON – Business Representatives for the United Food and Commercial Workers – UFCW Canada – members of IAM Local Lodge 1922, have ratified their first collective agreement.

The three-year agreement provides wage increases in each year retroactive to October 2016. Other agreement highlights include:

Increases to RRSP Contributions
Increased health spending supplement
New additional classification – Department Support Staff
Improved contract language

The 45 members consist of staff representatives who service and maintain UFCW collective agreements across the country.

Union Brother David C. Goddard

Union Brother David C. Goddard passed away February 17, 2017.
David was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in GoderichON, Canada, February 8, 1965 as a fitter in Finished Products. At that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975).
David was a brother to Don Goddard who passed away justtwo days before David.
Friends will be received at McCallum & Palla Funeral Home inGoderich on Monday, February 20, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. until timeof service at 2:00 p.m.
His family will receive a Bible from the LL 1863 Retirees Club.

Union Brother, Donald (Don) Goddard

Union Brother, Donald (Don) Goddard passed away February 15, 2017.


Donald was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich ON, Canada, March 11, 1959, at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW  LL 1863 (now LL 1975).


Don was the Union President for many years and one of the best union presidents we have had. Don knew the union book by heart. When you asked him a question, he knew the answer or knew where it was in the book.


There will be a Celebration of Life held in Don’s honour at the Knox Presbyterian Church, Goderich, Saturday February 18, 2017, from 1-4 p.m.


Donald retired July, 2001. His family will receive a Bible from the LL 1863 Retirees Club.

Reforming Ontario Labour Laws

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s labour laws are set for review this year and there is a lot on the line.

It has been 20 years since labour laws were re-opened in Ontario and that was under a Mike Harris government, when many of the gains made during the province’s first-ever NDP government were rolled back.

This year, the Ontario government appointed two Special Advisors to head up a “Changing Workplaces Review.” C. Michael Mitchell and the Honourable John C. Murray released their discussion paper in May.

There can be little doubt that this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change Ontario’s outmoded labour laws in order to lift employment standards for every worker and provide easier access to unionization and the protections it affords.

History has shown that when workers act collectively in their workplace they can improve their wages and working conditions. Such collective action has resulted in critical improvements in health and safety standards for workers and for decent wages and benefits.

The IAM in cooperation with other OFL affiliates is asking union members, their families and their friends to send a message to their local MPP’s via our Make It Fair postcard campaign.

Key among the OFL’s recommendations are: Continue reading