Race is not an easy conversation in Canada. It never has been. Racism is embedded within all of us. We were brought up with it – many of us not even knowing we carried it around. I hope we can change that. The COVID-19 pandemic has fanned the flames of racism across Canada and the world. We have seen anti-Asian racism rear its ugly head during this crisis – and… Read More »IAM Canada Statement on Anti-Black Racism
June 5th, 2020 – Bombardier Aerospace announced today that it is laying off 2,500 workers at its plants around the world. In Montreal, 717 members of AIMTA Local 712 and currently on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program (CEWS) will be affected. A decision that we find incomprehensible when Bombardier could have avoided this wave of layoffs by using the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for all of its employees.… Read More »IAM reacts to 2500 layoffs at Bombardier Aerospace
Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Government (UPC) swept into power last year with Alberta’s Union’s firmly in their sights. Of the of bills they have passed since, two in particular clearly indicate the conservative government’s position on organized labour and the value of the public services communities rely on. Bill 2 (An Act to Make Alberta Open for Business), cut public services, laid off front-line workers, and ended a ban on… Read More »Alberta’s Bill 1 – SAY NO!
The domestic and intimate partner violence predicted by many advocates due to the COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be well-founded. Incidences of domestic violence appear to be triple what they normally are. The pandemic, which obliges more people to stay at home together, makes a bad situation even worse. The Young/New Machinists Committee of Local 2323 are thinking globally and acting locally. They are fundraising to help deal with the… Read More »Lighting Hope – LL 2323 Young Machinists Raise Funds for Women’s Shelters
Letter to Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. May 29, 2020 May 29, 2020 By Email: email@example.com Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Dear Mr. Prime Minister, I’m writing you on behalf of 36,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), and thousands of our members in the air transportation… Read More »WestJet Workers – Letter to Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. May 29, 2020
26 May 2020For immediate release Toronto, ON – IAM Canadian General Vice-President Stan Pickthall commended the federal government on seeking agreements with provincial and territorial governments to provide 10 days of paid sick leave to workers infected with COVID-19. “This is potentially very good news for those who have put their bodies and their lives on their line to provides services and goods so the rest of us can weather… Read More »Pickthall, IAM Canada commend government on 10-day sick leave
As a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, we recognize that this is a challenging time for you – and we want you to know that supporting our clients is our number one priority. The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges for each and every one of you. Here’s what we are doing to help our clients We’re offering a refund to those who are using… Read More »Message from The Personal – We’re here for IAM members
———————- This article was originally posted on the IAM Canada website. View the original post here: The Wage Subsidy Program: Canadian Workers’ Lifeline – Not to be taken away
The economic devastation, and mass unemployment as a result of the pandemic, has highlighted the inadequacies of current policies, programs and legislation. The Employment Insurance program has shown to be especially inadequate in addressing the needs of those who have lost jobs, permanently or temporarily. Only about 39% of applicants are eligible for EI, a number which is even lower for women. In response to the crisis, and in order… Read More »Universal Basic Income: The Magic Bullet for a Struggling EI Program?
It is with all our best wishes that we honour IAM Local Lodge 103 President, Cyril Burke, as he retires this month. Cyril has been a member of the IAM for 47 years, and has been an active member in his Local for much of that time. The IAM members at Dana Canada in Cambridge, in which Cyril worked, are members of the IAM Pension plan, which will make retirement… Read More »District 78 Honours Retiring IAM Local Lodge 103 President Cyril Burke