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Valliere is the new DBR of IAM District Lodge 78

Toronto, ON – Effective January 1, 2019, the new Directing Business Representative of IAM District Lodge 78, is Sister Kim Valliere. She replaces Derek Ferguson who was appointed as Grand Lodge Special Representative for Political Action. Kim became a member of IAM Local Lodge 2230 in 1990, when she was hired as production worker at Long Manufacturing (Dana Canada) in Cambridge, Ontario. She became a steward in 1991, then served… Read More »Valliere is the new DBR of IAM District Lodge 78

Ferguson appointed as Special Representative for political action -IAMAW Canada

Toronto, ON – IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall is pleased to announce that Derek Ferguson has been appointed Special Representative assigned to Political Action, effective January 1, 2019. “Derek is being acknowledged for his hard work on behalf of his members, and his dedication to the New Democratic Party on both the Provincial and Federal levels,” said Pickthall. He replaces Grand Lodge Representative Lou Pagrach who has been… Read More »Ferguson appointed as Special Representative for political action -IAMAW Canada

IAM Service to the Community

At GKN in St. Thomas, we recently wound up our United Way drive with a lunch. The lunch tickets were entered into a draw for donated prizes from vendors and our Union, the IAM, including T-shirts, hats and golf balls. We also made donations through payroll deductions, which are then entered into a draw for bigger prizes, including $125 donated by our IAM Local 1975. This year our goal was… Read More »IAM Service to the Community

Machinists ratify first contract with Cambridge Shelter

Cambridge, ON – The members of IAM Local Lodge 103 have ratified their first collective agreement with Cambridge Shelter Corporation.

“They fought us hard getting unionized earlier this year and again during negotiations, this was a long and tough battle,” said IAM Grand Lodge Organizer Scott Jackson. “The members and the negotiations committee of Joyann Robbins, Eric Johnson and Dean Hislop stayed strong and achieved their goal.”

The one-year agreement provides the membership with job security and a grievance procedure. Other agreement highlights include:

IAM Pension plan
Improved vacation benefits
Bereavement leave
Modest wage increase for most employeesRead More »Machinists ratify first contract with Cambridge Shelter

Members of Local 1975 (formally 1863 in Goderich) says goodbye to a Brother.

Union Brother Jeff Bissett passed away November 21, 2018 at the age of 50 years. Jeff was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich Ontario, Canada, May 20, 1986 in the Welding Dept. at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). Jeff was there until the plant closed in 2009. Jeff’s Funeral is November 26, 2018 at the McCallum & Palla Funeral Home in Goderich.… Read More »Members of Local 1975 (formally 1863 in Goderich) says goodbye to a Brother.

IAM Knowledge is Power!!

On Monday, at IAM District 78 office in Toronto, eager workplace stewards attended a basic stewards seminar. The IAM knows that the Local stewards are the primary connection most members have with their Union. This training will help them to better assist and deal with their members in the workplace

IAM dedicated to the education of our members

Thank you to the members of IAM Local 1922 for providing me with the opportunity to attend the November 2018 session of Leadership I at the IAM’s Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, Maryland. The week-long course was a tremendous and unparalleled learning experience in which I was able to meet, share, collaborate, and build friendships with a diverse cadre of IAM members from across Canada and the US. The… Read More »IAM dedicated to the education of our members

City of Mississauga Local 1922

Last week there was a celebration at the City of Mississauga for IAM District 78 member Mertol Sezer. Mertol has been employed by the City in the custodial department for 19 years. IAM Rep. Kim Valliere, attended the celebration along with his co-workers and management. Mertol was presented with an IAM watch from Local 1922. Pizza, snacks, desserts, and cake were enjoyed by all who attended. Mertol is looking forward… Read More »City of Mississauga Local 1922

IAM Political

On Saturday, a Political Action Meeting was held at IAM District 78 offices. The meeting was well attended, with several Locals and Districts represented. Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall and several staff from the Canadian Office ensured the meeting had an Ontario-wide perspective. The primary objective of the PAC meeting was to define an ongoing and consistent strategy of communicating with the IAM membership and their communities in the… Read More »IAM Political

IAM breaks new ground in transportation with organizing win

Montréal, QC – The IAM has broken new ground in the transportation sector in Canada by organizing its first trucking firm. More than 120 workers employed by Transport Laberge are the newest members of IAM Local Lodge 869 and IAM District Lodge 11. “This was a six month campaign that initially concentrated on their operations in Montréal,” explained IAM District Lodge 11 Business Representative Luc Frigon. “But once workers at… Read More »IAM breaks new ground in transportation with organizing win