Labour’s Views on Renegotiating NAFTA – Hassan Yussuff

December 15, 2016 File No.: 10107-01-2016
To: Canadian Council
RE: Labour’s Views on Renegotiating NAFTA

The election of Donald Trump on November 8, 2016 has serious ramifications for Canadian trade policy given his promise to tear up NAFTA. Canadian and Mexican officials have responded to this uncertainty by indicating that both governments would be willing to engage a Trump administration in renegotiating NAFTA.

For Canada, topics of interest that are likely to be on the table include softwood lumber, temporary movement of professionals, country of origin labelling, and environmental and safety standards.

We are asking affiliates to consider the implications of NAFTA renegotiations for your members, and to let us know what you think the risks and opportunities are for labour. For example, we could push to eliminate the undemocratic investor-state dispute mechanism in NAFTA, or work to include enforcement mechanisms in the labour and environment side agreements. Or, international unions may have cross-border agreements in place that would be negatively affected by a Trump presidency’s priorities. We would appreciate receiving your replies no later than January 23, 2017.

We are also planning to gather union researchers and civil society allies for a discussion on labour’s progressive vision for international trade and investment on January 24, 2017. Please let us know if you are able to send a representative from your organization to this meeting.

For further information, please contact Angella MacEwen in the CLC’s Social and Economic Policy Department (613-526-7412 or

In solidarity,
Hassan Yussuff

IAM fights for Income security

Bill C-27: A step backwards in providing retirement income security for Canadians.

Bill C-27: A step backwards in providing retirement income security for Canadians.

Content of Bill C-27, An Act to amend the Pension Benefit Standards Act (1985)

This Bill amends the current Pension Benefit Standards Act (PBSA) to allow for the establishment of target benefit (TB) pension plans in the federal sector. It also permits permit the purchase of life annuities for former members and survivors of currently established defined benefit (DB) pension plans as an acceptable method of satisfying the DB plan sponsor’s benefit obligations to those selfsame former members and survivors.

The IAM is categorically opposed to this Bill. Continue reading

Union Brother, Bruce Wilmer Barrie

Union Brother, Bruce Wilmer Barrie, passed away Jan. 9, 2017.

Bruce was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich ON, Canada, as a Stock Controller, Jan. 29, 1973, at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975).

Bruce retired Sept. 01, 1999. His family has received a Bible from the LL 1863 Retirees Club.

IAM Local 2113 in the Spirit of the Season

Last Saturday, IAM Local 2113 held a Christmas get-together for its membership. Over 200 members and their partners attended the event which featured dinner and dancing, as well as entertainment, such as the drummers pictured above. A great time was had by all, and it seems that every year, the event gets a little bigger. IAM Local 2113 represents workers at Autoliv Canada in Markham who manufacture parts for the auto industry.


IAM Stronger with MY Union

The IAM members of Local 1295 who work at Thorncliffe Retirement home in Nepean, ratified their first collective agreement late last week. In addition to annual wage increases, improvements were made to vacation and overtime. The members will also receive a uniform allowance and will be joining the IAM Pension Plan in the second year of their contract. District 78 Business Representative Jim Snider, stated that, “negotiations committee members Fakhri Khamseh and Norma Bautista remained steadfast throughout the process that improvements needed to happen”.1295

You retire from your workplace, Not your Union

IAM District 78 Retiree’s held their annual Christmas luncheon in Brampton earlier this week. In addition to an excellent roast beef lunch, attendee’s were treated to music and a trivia contest by DJ Colin Cherry, followed up with a rousing game of bingo. You may retire from the job, but you never retire from the Union!

IAM with CBTU for a better tomorrow for all!


On Saturday, IAM members from the Toronto area, along with members from many other unions, attended an awards dinner for the CBTU. The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists is an organization that is working to improve the economic development and employment opportunities for workers of African-Descent within the framework of the trade union movement. The IAM’s own Frank Saptel received the June Veecock award for leadership.    Well done brother!