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A Message from IP Martinez on the Coronavirus Crisis

Dear Sisters and Brothers, I am writing to you in an environment of fear and uncertainty. Many of our members in the U.S. and Canada have already been impacted by the fallout from the coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic. Undoubtedly, more effects will be felt by our membership, by our two countries and globally as this crisis unfolds. I want to first assure you that the IAM—at every level—is fighting to ensure… Read More »A Message from IP Martinez on the Coronavirus Crisis

District 140 Bulletin – Air Canada TMOS – Off-Duty Status

TO ALL IAMAW MEMBERS OF AIR CANADA – TMOSARTICLE 20.14 – OFF DUTY STATUS Dear Brothers and Sisters: On March 19th the General Chairpersons representing Air Canada TMOS, Finance and Clerical bargaining unit members attended a much-anticipated conference call with Air Canada Labour Relations. The IAMAW was officially notified of Air Canada’s intention to place a significant yet unidentified number of TMOS members on Off-Duty Status as per Article 20.14… Read More »District 140 Bulletin – Air Canada TMOS – Off-Duty Status

District 140 Bulletin on COVID-19 Health Crisis

TO ALL IAMAW MEMBERS OF TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT 140 COVID-19 HEALTH CRISIS Dear Brothers & Sisters: These are uncertain times. The COVID-19 health crisis and the state of emergency that has been declared means we are operating in quickly changing circumstances that are hard to predict. Making this more challenging is that clear direction from employers has proven difficult to obtain. Understandably, IAMAW members are urgently seeking answers and assurances under… Read More »District 140 Bulletin on COVID-19 Health Crisis

Airports: The Forgotten Epicentre

Over the last 24 hours, it has been reported that a worker at Toronto Pearson has tested positive for the Covid-19 Virus. The IAMAW has put pressure on the employer to address numerous health and safety concerns, the main one being the lack of personal protective equipment for screening officers. The response has been lacklustre, and instead of proactive measures public health officials urge employers and the public to take,… Read More »Airports: The Forgotten Epicentre

Pandemic – What does it mean? A message about IAM members’ mental health and available resources

For some it means an inconvenience unlike any they have encountered and for others it means missed or shortened vacations. For everyone it means new terms like ‘social distancing’, ‘flattening the curve’ or ‘self-isolating’. For many it means sickness and, possibly, death. Still for others, it could mean uncontrollable fear, anxiety, layoffs, financial difficulties, confusion, and possibly even thoughts of suicide. Due to our collective agreements, most members of the… Read More »Pandemic – What does it mean? A message about IAM members’ mental health and available resources

Bracing For the Turbulence: COVID-19’s Implications for Airports

Bracing For the Turbulence: COVID-19’s Implications for Airports   16 March, 2020 For immediate release As countries around the world declare a state of emergency, bringing many industries to a near halt, air transportation is being particularly affected. International airlines around the world announced significant reductions in the number of flights as countries shut down borders and limit travel. As we watch the situation unfold, there is ample reason to… Read More »Bracing For the Turbulence: COVID-19’s Implications for Airports

Local 1295 Members at Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre Ratify New Collective Agreement

IAM Local Lodge 1295 members employed at the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre (UCCC) ratified a new three year agreement. Our members made gains in wages along with improvements to benefits and contract language. Special thanks to the negotiating committee (photographed above, with a couple of members who attended the ratification vote). “The committee worked tirelessly to make sure the employer understood, and worked to resolve the issues in their workplace”, said IAM… Read More »Local 1295 Members at Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre Ratify New Collective Agreement

Letter to Marc Garneau, Minister of Transportation

March 17, 2020 Honorable Marc Garneau Minister of Transportation House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario. K1A 0A6 Re: CATSA Transition Dear Mr. Garneau, The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) is the bargaining agent for nearly 90% of screening officers across Canada, who work in major Canadian airports, such as Vancouver and Toronto Pearson Airport. Both airports are major hubs that connect Canada to the world. Screeners in Toronto… Read More »Letter to Marc Garneau, Minister of Transportation