Large Labour Day turnout does Machinists proud!

Toronto, ON – Labour Day in Canada was declared a National holiday back in 1894 and trade unionists have been marching through the streets of Toronto and across the country on the first Monday of September ever since.

Labour Day 2017 in Toronto was highlighted by the largest turnout of Machinist members on record, in excess of 250 IAM members marched the 7 kilometer route from the heart of downtown Toronto to the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition. “This was a solid turnout, perhaps one of the best we have ever had. It was a great day for a walk through Sunny Toronto streets, and our members came out to show Solidarity and support of working people in Toronto and across Canada,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall.

Machinists endorse Singh for NDP Leader

Toronto, ON – The IAM is endorsing Jagmeet Singh for leader of the federal New Democratic Party.

The decision came after lengthy and passionate debate among IAM Canadian office staff, national staff, District Lodge Directing Business Representatives, Business Representatives and General Chairpersons from across the country who are members of the NDP.

“We had a healthy discussion today from all of our staff and representatives and the message was clear, we are looking for someone to grow this party not just for the next election but beyond and Jagmeet Singh is our choice,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall.

Singh, an Ontario MPP has crisscrossed the country bringing in 47,000 new members into the party since he began his quest for the leadership.

“There is no doubt he is a populist candidate, he connects to the people, he’s a campaigner who can reach out and pull voters in and that’s what we need to combat the Liberals,” added Pickthall “He has been there with us on our issues and I will be speaking to him today to let him know he has our support.”

“This was a lengthy and engaged debate of the IAM Canadian leadership,” said Pickthall. “We agreed that all four candidates were strong NDP leaders. It is great to have so many good political activists to choose from. Ultimately the IAM is standing with Jagmeet Singh in the leadership process.”

The party membership votes on who will be the new leader starting on September 18th.

IAM Solidarity

IAM members and staff from across Canada got together last week at the IAM’s Training and Education Center near Baltimore, Maryland. Attendees debated and ultimately unanimously endorsed Jagmeet Singh in the upcoming federal NDP leadership race. Plans were made for a number of other concerns, including organizing and political action for the next year.

UFCW Clerical ratify new agreement

Thursday August 24, 2017 For Immediate Release Toronto, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1922, representing clerical workers at UFCW offices in Toronto and Montreal, have ratified a new collective agreement. The three-year agreement, retroactive to April 1, 2017, provides wage increases in each year. Other agreement high lights include: Improved RRSP contributions Improved Health care benefits Reinstatement of contract language for alternate summer work schedules The IAM also

IAM Statement on Department of Labor-Supervised Rerun of Election

Responding to the U.S. Department of Labor, the IAM has agreed to a DOL-supervised rerun of the 2017 Grand Lodge elections for International Union officer positions, including International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and seven U.S. General Vice Presidents. The election excludes the Canadian General Vice President position.

The DOL struck down the IAM members’ convention action requiring that candidates for Grand Lodge office show a minimal 10 percent level of support in the union’s local lodges before becoming candidates for election. The members adopted this provision to assure that elections took place only when there was at least some possibility that more than one candidate for each position would prevail. The DOL also found that even though incumbent candidates received 749 or more local lodge endorsements, while challengers received no more than 7 endorsements, a new election is required. Continue reading

IAM Strike at Lakehead Motors is over!

Monday August 21, 2017 For Immediate Release Thunder Bay, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1120 are back on the job today ending a 16 day strike following the ratification of a new agreement late Thursday. “We held a special general membership meeting Thursday night to vote on a tentative agreement and it was ratified by a margin of 84 per cent,” said IAM Local Lodge 1120

Labour Day 2017

IAMAW will be leading the Toronto Labour Day Parade this year.

LET’S MAKE THIS THE BEST TURNOUT EVER.

THE IAM HOSTED BY DISTRICT 78 AND
LOCAL LODGE 2323, WILL BE PARTICIPATING
IN THE PARADE.
Parade route starts at University and Queen St. West
BRING YOUR FAMILY AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF
THE FREE ADMISSION TO THE CNE.

Bus pick-up is first come first serve at 2580 Drew Rd. @7:15am and 557 Dixon Rd.@7:45am

Please RSVP to numbers below if you require assistance with mobility issues or walking the route
For More Information Contact:
District Lodge 78 at (416) 225-9003
Local Lodge 2323 at (905) 678-0010

IAM Local 1863/1975 Retirees Remembered Brother(s) recently passed.

Union Brother, Clarence Shephard (“Joe”) Govier, passed away August 3, 2017.
Joe was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, ON, Canada, as a machinist November 14, 1973, at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975).
His passing will be acknowledged by the LL 1863 Retirees Club, and sympathy extended to his family.

Union Brother, Donald James Saunders, passed away August 4, 2017.
Don was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, ON, Canada, as a welder January 21, 1974, at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). In the 1980s, Don held the Union President’s position of LL 1863.
His passing will be acknowledged by the LL 1863 Retirees Club, and sympathy extended to his family.

Union Brother, Mike Gallant, passed away August 2017.
Mike was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, ON, Canada, as a welder October 15, 1973, at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975).
His passing will be acknowledged by the LL 1863 Retirees Club, and sympathy extended to his family.