The ITUC welcomes the release of Erlan Baltabay, leader of the Independent Oil and Energy Workers’ Union by special decree of the new President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In July this year Erlan Baltabay was sentenced to 7 years in prison under forged charges that the international labour movement condemned as being politically motivated. The criminal case against Baltabay was initiated in response to his active trade union activities and principled… Read More »Solidarity works: jailed union leader freed in Kazakhstan
IAM Canada News
The following news items were originally posted on the IAM Canada website.
A recent study found people who regularly work long hours had a higher risk of stroke, especially those who’ve done so for 10 years or more. This research, published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke, analyzed data on the working hours of more than 140,000 people in France. The researchers defined long work hours as working more than 10 hours for at least 50 days a year. They found… Read More »ARE LONG WORK HOURS AFFECTING YOUR HEALTH?
2 September, 2019 Toronto – Approximately 100 IAM members participated in Labour’s annual Labour Day parade. The 148th anniversary of this special day to celebrate workers and our accomplishments was celebrated with music, bands and much discussion as to labour’s path ahead in these challenging times. The total number of labour activists and their families attending the parade was 25,000. Along with the celebrations, many has pause to think about… Read More »Canadian Workers Celebrate 148th Anniversary of Labour Day
By: Ivana SaulaResearch Director, Canada Just as unions prepared to celebrate Labour Day, the federal government announced the implementation of several changes to the Canada Labour Code. The Liberal federal government has shown its ideological leanings by failing to truly modernize the Code. Despite consultations with unions, and regardless of objections raised by several of them, the Liberals were deaf to persuasions for fairness and justice. Months’ long consultations were… Read More »What Does a Modernized Canada Labour Code Look Like? A Lot Like The Old One!
Photo – Maurice Shyntak – Lead Hand, Shop Steward, Bargaining Committee representative, 28+ years with the company, and has been with the union for over 25 years since the members joined the IAM on May 27th 1993.Brian Alguire – Lead Hand, Union Steward, Bargaining Committee Repressive, 20+ Years with both the Company and the IAM. On Monday August 26th and Tuesday August 27th, the IAMAW Bargaining Committee at Bearskin Airlines Ramp… Read More »Another 100 percent win for IAM members
By: Ivana Saula, Research Director, Canada Labour Minister Patty Hajdu’s office announced yesterday that amendments to the Canada Labour Code Part III will come into effect this Sunday, Sept.1, 2019. The IAMAW is an active stakeholder in the Labour Program’s consultation process having provided submissions stating our position on proposed changes. The government introduced new types of leaves, such as domestic violence leave, family responsibility and modifications to parental leave.… Read More »Canada Labour Code Changes in Effect
22 August, 2019For immediate release Toronto – Today the IAM Membership at Sage Parts YYZ ratified its 2nd collective agreement by a 100% margin. Percentages and gains in wages jumped appreciably since they joined the IAM 3 years ago. “Three years ago, when the workers joined the IAM, we began a fight for $15 campaign with this employer at the bargaining table and was successful in ensuring that no member was… Read More »Major Improvements see 100% Ratification for Sage Parts Contract
By Derek Ferguson,Special Representative, Political Action On September 10th Manitoba voters have to decision to make. Have they benefitted under the current Pallister conservative government, or will the NDP, led by Wab Kinew, be the better choice for them and their families? Since coming into power in 2016, the Pallister conservatives have made life more difficult for ordinary people in Manitoba, they have created a health care crisis, resulting in… Read More »Manitoba Elections
By Ivana SaulaIAM Canadian Research Director A vote set to take place over the summer, more precisely August; a month when most people take vacations, take time to relax, disconnect from work and reconnect with friends, family, and nature. A month for some well-deserved down time. It’s also the month that unions in Manitoba came under direct attack from Pallister’s PC government. If the strategy is taken out of the… Read More »Wins and Losses in Manitoba’s Bargaining Unit Reorganization: Who stands to lose the most?
23 August, 2019 For Immediate release Toronto – Air Transat shareholders have approved a $720 million takeover by Air Canada by a 94.77% vote. This is well above the two-thirds margin required. Both companies will continue to operate under their current structures. The agreement is now putting the fate of the transaction in the hands of regulators before being finalised. The transaction is unlikely to close before early 2020. IAM… Read More »IAM Canada Statement on Air Canada takeover of Air Transat