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Planting the seeds of Community Service

Kingston, ON – The IAM motto is Justice on the Job and Service to the Community and the members of IAM Local Lodge 54 volunteered on June 7th to take part in “The Day of Caring” to help those less fortunate.The Robinson Community Garden has been donating fresh vegetables for years to ensure that those less fortunate can eat healthy. It takes volunteers to help seed, work, and maintain the… Read More »Planting the seeds of Community Service

100 years ago today the Winnipeg General Strike began and it was the Machinists who lit the fuse!

Winnipeg, MB – One hundred years ago today the labour movement in Canada had learned clearly: it had to move into direct political action, if workers’ rights were to be protected. Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of The Winnipeg General Strike. The Immediate post-World War 1 period in Canada was not a time of peace. Soldiers returned home wanting jobs and a normal lifestyle again, only… Read More »100 years ago today the Winnipeg General Strike began and it was the Machinists who lit the fuse!

IAM International Women’s Conference

Last week women from throughout the IAM got together to discuss issues of importance to women both inside and outside the Union. IAM District 78 sisters attended and took an active role in the presentations and deliberations. By the conclusion of the conference, with the motto “Unite to Fight”, our Canadian sisters, (pictured above with GVP Stan Pickthall)) seemed both united and ready to fight. Well done sisters!

IAM ratifies new agreement with NACCA

Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association).

The three-year agreement provides wage increases of 1.75 per cent in the first year, 1.5 per cent in the second year and 1.75 per cent in the third year. Other agreement highlights include:
• Members now provided with four personal days
• Increased vacation days
• Probation period for new employees reduced from five months to three
• New employees with less than one year of service now receive ten vacation days
• Improved bereavement leaveRead More »IAM ratifies new agreement with NACCA

Local 1975 (formally local 1863) Union Brother remembered

Union Brother Keith Good passed away March 18, 2019 in his 81st year. Keith was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich Ontario, Canada in the Warehouse/Shipping Dept. as a stock Controller on November 13, 1972, and at that time became a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). Keith retired December 1, 2003. There will be a celebration of Keith’s life on Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 2:00… Read More »Local 1975 (formally local 1863) Union Brother remembered

Taking our message to the Hill

Ottawa, ON – More than 350 union and political activists, including 72 IAM members, roamed the offices of 200 MP’s and Senators on Parliament Hill this week lobbying for a national Pharmacare Plan, Pension Reform, and Labour Law Reform. The IAM members also lobbied the politicians to support the call for a National Aerospace Strategy. IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall and IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand were front… Read More »Taking our message to the Hill

IAM will unveil Aerospace Report

Montréal, QC – IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall and IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand will unveil the IAM’s Aerospace report in Montreal on Monday February 4th. This major report emphasizes the urgency of addressing challenges in the Canadian Aerospace sector. “This industry employs 208,000 Canadians in well-paid stable middle class and family supporting jobs,” said Pickthall. “However up to one third of those workers are eligible to retire… Read More »IAM will unveil Aerospace Report

Women’s March 2019 – find one near you and join in!

Toronto, ON – On Saturday January 19, 2019, activists around the world will march on behalf of women and IAM Grand Lodge Representative for Women’s Issues – Heather Kelley is encouraging IAM members to join in. “We are asking our members to find a March close to them and join in to continue to commit to advancing our Sister’s Rights,” explained Kelley. “We’re marching to end violence against women, we’re… Read More »Women’s March 2019 – find one near you and join in!

Useful Numbers 2019 – by Ivana Saula

PENSIONS
OLD AGE SECURITY BENEFIT (Monthly, at age 65, January 2019)
$ 601.45 (regardless of marital status)
Adjusted quarterly to CPI (in January, April, July and October)
OAS/GIS can be deferred up to 5 years (to age 70), with an increase of 0.60% for each month of deferral
Following increases to CPI, OAS benefit will increase by 0.1% for the January to March 2019 quarterRead More »Useful Numbers 2019 – by Ivana Saula