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“This is a flashpoint in the fight for all workers.” – Pickthall IAM Local 2301 strike: stern warnings from labour and political leaders

Thursday January 16, 2020 Montreal, QC – On strike since 31 December, 2019, IAM Local 2301 has brought about a broad coalition of labour leaders and political parties in the Montreal area, and across Canada. Leaders from various sectors spoke in strong terms about the danger to Québec workers, as well as airport workers across the country. Speakers representing the IAM, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), the United Steelworkers (USW),… Read More »“This is a flashpoint in the fight for all workers.” – Pickthall IAM Local 2301 strike: stern warnings from labour and political leaders

Strike at Montréal-Trudeau and Mirabel airports: Negotiations resume for IAM Local 2301 and Swissport

Strike at Montréal-Trudeau and Mirabel airports: Negotiations resume for IAM Local 2301 and Swissport For immediate release Thursday January 16, 2020 Montreal, QC – The federal mediator has reconvened meetings between IAM Local Lodge 2301’s negotiation committee and representatives of Swissport for the resumption of negotiations this morning at 10 a.m. “We were anxious to return to negotiate. Swissport has not made any offers to us since the strike started.… Read More »Strike at Montréal-Trudeau and Mirabel airports: Negotiations resume for IAM Local 2301 and Swissport

IAM Local Lodge 1295 Forms Women’s Committee

IAM Local Lodge 1295 sisters formed their official Women’s committee at their monthly General meeting in January 2020. The sisters hit the ground running and already have an idea of what they would like to do.  One of the committee’s first initiatives, suggested by member Betty Williams, will be to create joy boxes, a collection of donated items including toiletries and feminine hygiene products, which would then be donated by the… Read More »IAM Local Lodge 1295 Forms Women’s Committee

District 78 Kicks Off the New Year With First General Meeting

On January 9, 2020, IAM District Lodge 78 held its first General Meeting of the new year. The meeting was well attended and provided local delegates with a valuable opportunity to share and connect. Discussion and motions at the meeting included: Sending members to the CLC Lobby in Ottawa (February 24-25, 2020). Member engagement in the community, including recent holiday drives, charitable initiatives, and the amazing work of our local… Read More »District 78 Kicks Off the New Year With First General Meeting

Useful Numbers 2020 – by Ivana Saula

USEFUL NUMBERS FOR 2020 Ivana Saula, Canadian Research Director PENSIONS 1. OLD AGE SECURITY BENEFIT (Monthly, at age 65, January 2020) $ 613.53 (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 Pension indexation rate for 2020 is 2% Following increases to CPI, OAS… Read More »Useful Numbers 2020 – by Ivana Saula

Fred Hospes’ letter to the Minister of Labour

Vancouver, January 8, 2020 Sent via email The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour, We would like to raise to your attention a very worrying situation which has contributed to the deterioration of the working conditions and environment at Canadian airports for many years. The IAM, representing 22,000 workers spread across all major Canadian airports, has seen the many problems caused by airport contract transfer practices (also known as Contract-Flipping).… Read More »Fred Hospes’ letter to the Minister of Labour

IAM District 78 and Local 103 Collect Winter Jackets For Community Shelter Residents in Need

IAM District Lodge 78, along with Local Lodge 103, collected more than 40 winter jackets for Cambridge Shelter (Bridges) over the holiday season. Local 103 members employed by Bridges then distributed the jackets to residents of the shelter in need. The collection and donation went so well that Local 103 members have now begun a collection for gently used safety work boots/shoes for Bridges’s residents.   We all know that many employers require safety… Read More »IAM District 78 and Local 103 Collect Winter Jackets For Community Shelter Residents in Need

Turbulence at the airport: if nothing changes, it won’t be the last time

This opinion piece appeared in Le Devoir on 03 January, 2020 David Chartrand Quebec Coordinator As the Swissport Airplane fuelers at Pierre Elliott-Trudeau and Mirabel airports take strike action, it is time for the public to better understand the reality of the workers who make a living there. In recent years, there has been a deterioration in working conditions, this deterioration is accompanied by an increase in responsibilities, workload and… Read More »Turbulence at the airport: if nothing changes, it won’t be the last time

Dorothy Wick (1930-2020)

Brothers and Sisters of the IAM family, It is with regret and sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dorothy Wick, beloved mother of GVP Stan Pickthall. Dorothy passed peacefully early on January 1, 2020, just days before her 90th birthday. Born on January 5, 1930 in Lancashire, England. She was predeceased by husband John Wick, who passed 39 years earlier in 1981. She was fiercely proud of… Read More »Dorothy Wick (1930-2020)