Aerospace Policy discussions highlight site visit!

Montréal, QC – If you’re going to create an aerospace policy for the IAM in Canada, there’s no better place to start than at Bombardier in Montreal. During his first site visit of 2018, Canadian GVP Stan Pickthall met with the leadership of IAM Local Lodge 712, IAM District Lodge 11, IAM Quebec Coordinator David Chartrand and IAM Aerospace Coordinator Gerald Tremblay

It’s that time of year again for a Federal Lobby!!

Over the last few years, the IAM has been the major participant in the CLC Parliament Hill Lobby Days. Let’s continue to hit above our weight and make Lobby Days 2018 even more successful!

Four topics are being considered for inclusion in the lobby day; including pharmacare, pay equity, pension and bankruptcy reform, and employment insurance. The registration is now open for the CLC lobby day on February 6, 2018. A mandatory planning and training session will be held on February 5, 2018 at 6 pm at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Ottawa City Centre.

All lobby day attendees must be registered through the online form in order to participate in the lobby. Please identify who from your Local Lodge will be coming to participate in the lobby. We will be working hard to make sure at least one person in each lobby delegation is a constituent of the MP being lobbied. This form is live – Register Now! Continue reading

Union Brother Anthony ‘Tony’ Jeacock passed away January 2

Union Brother Anthony ‘Tony’ Jeacock passed away January 2, 2018 at the age of 77 years.

Tony was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, in the Machine Shop as a Machinist on January 5, 1970, at that time became a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975), and retired in July 1, 2005.

A Celebration of Tony’s life was held at Williams Funeral Home in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, January 9, 2018.

Union Brother George Elwin Sillib passed away

Union Brother George Elwin Sillib passed away November 30, 2017 in his 90th year.

George was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, in the Maintenance Department, December 2, 1968, at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975).

A Celebration of Life will take place on December 28, 2017, at McCallum & Palla Funeral Home. Interment Colborne Cemetery.

IAM Brother Stan Raper awarded the Bob Borch award at the 2017 OFL’s biennial convention

The late Stan Raper was awarded the Bob Borch award for his work advocating for the rights of migrant workers.

The award recognizes individuals who promote the human rights of workers.

Raper dedicated his life to the goals and aspirations of the Ontario labour movement, and the human rights of Ontario’s agricultural workforce in particular.

In the 1990s, Raper led the charge for basic respect, dignity and equal rights for agriculture workers in Ontario and across Canada.

In 2000, with the help of UFCW Canada and the Canadian Labour Congress, Raper launched the Global Justice Caravan Program, traveling throughout Ontario’s farm country in a mobile RV documenting the plight of migrant agriculture workers labouring in the province.

He went on to help build the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) into the largest agriculture workers’ organization in North America, with more than 14,000 members across Canada.

In a tearful tribute to Raper, UFCW national representative Pablo L. Godoy said, “You will always be a human rights champion.” The award was accepted by Raper’s life partner and wife Terry who, in a read statement, thanked the OFL and said her late husband would hope that others will pick up where he left off.