April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017Every year on April 28th workers across North America recommit to fight for safe and healthy workplaces.
We also remember those who were injured or killed on the job.
This year was no different with IAM members across the continent participating in “Day of Mourning” events.
Pictured to the right, are IAM District 78 members who attended the ceremonies held in Brampton.

Knowledge is Power

IAM District 78 Union Stewards from all around the Toronto area took part in an Advanced Stewards training seminar.
It was facilitated by GLR Heather Kelley at District 78’s Toronto office. “Everyone participated and seemed happy to be there to learn new skills”,
observed Directing Representative, Derek Ferguson.
Other seminars will be scheduled for both Ottawa and Toronto in the near future.

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IAM Meeting Our Members

Earlier this week Canadian Vice-President of the IAM did a plant tour of Autoliv in Markham.
Over 500 Autoliv employees are proud members of IAM Local 2113 and are active participants in District 78.
Our members at Autoliv manufacture a variety of safety technology systems for the automotive industry.


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?

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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.