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#WhyWeMarch

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, people of all genders, ages, races, abilities, backgrounds, and orientations will take part in the Women’s March on Washington and solidarity marches in more than 380 cities around the world. Barb will be marching in Vancouver, Marie will be in Toronto, and we wanted to tell you more about why we’re marching.

We march because we are inspired by the truly grassroots beginnings of this day of action, and the principles outlined by the organizers. Like them, we believe in building a world where violence against women, racial profiling, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of violence and discrimination, have no place in our homes, workplaces or communities.

Canada’s unions know that gender, racial, and economic justice are inextricably linked. We march because, as the vision statement says, “We must create a society in which women—in particular Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, Muslim women, and queer and trans women—are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments.”

We know women are disproportionately represented in low-wage, precarious work, so we march for decent work – including $15 and fairness, and equal pay for work of equal value.Read More »#WhyWeMarch

Labour’s Views on Renegotiating NAFTA – Hassan Yussuff

December 15, 2016 File No.: 10107-01-2016 To: Canadian Council Greetings: RE: Labour’s Views on Renegotiating NAFTA The election of Donald Trump on November 8, 2016 has serious ramifications for Canadian trade policy given his promise to tear up NAFTA. Canadian and Mexican officials have responded to this uncertainty by indicating that both governments would be willing to engage a Trump administration in renegotiating NAFTA. For Canada, topics of interest that… Read More »Labour’s Views on Renegotiating NAFTA – Hassan Yussuff

Union Sister, Brenda Lee Scott, passed away Jan. 14, 2017.

Union Sister, Brenda Lee Scott, passed away Jan. 14, 2017. Brenda was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich ON, Canada, December 11, 1978, at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). Brenda retired February 28, 2006. Her family has received a Bible from the LL 1863 Retirees Club.

Brother Wally Mashinter 40 years and counting

Brother Wally Mashinter of local 1922 employed by Magellan Aerospace celebrating 40 years with the IAM. Below: IAM Brother Mike Edwards congratulating Wally at a special luncheon today.  

IAM fights for Income security

Bill C-27: A step backwards in providing retirement income security for Canadians.

Bill C-27: A step backwards in providing retirement income security for Canadians.

Content of Bill C-27, An Act to amend the Pension Benefit Standards Act (1985)

This Bill amends the current Pension Benefit Standards Act (PBSA) to allow for the establishment of target benefit (TB) pension plans in the federal sector. It also permits permit the purchase of life annuities for former members and survivors of currently established defined benefit (DB) pension plans as an acceptable method of satisfying the DB plan sponsor’s benefit obligations to those selfsame former members and survivors.

The IAM is categorically opposed to this Bill.Read More »IAM fights for Income security

Union Brother, Bruce Wilmer Barrie

Union Brother, Bruce Wilmer Barrie, passed away Jan. 9, 2017. Bruce was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich ON, Canada, as a Stock Controller, Jan. 29, 1973, at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). Bruce retired Sept. 01, 1999. His family has received a Bible from the LL 1863 Retirees Club.

Union Brother, George Kenneth Neill passed away December 10, 2016.

Union Brother, George Kenneth Neill passed away December 10, 2016. George was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich ON, Canada, as a Welder, Oct. 02, 1974, at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). George retired Oct. 01, 1999. His family will receive a Bible from the LL 1863 Retirees Club.

IAM Local 2113 in the Spirit of the Season

Last Saturday, IAM Local 2113 held a Christmas get-together for its membership. Over 200 members and their partners attended the event which featured dinner and dancing, as well as entertainment, such as the drummers pictured above. A great time was had by all, and it seems that every year, the event gets a little bigger. IAM Local 2113 represents workers at Autoliv Canada in Markham who manufacture parts for the… Read More »IAM Local 2113 in the Spirit of the Season

IAM Stronger with MY Union

The IAM members of Local 1295 who work at Thorncliffe Retirement home in Nepean, ratified their first collective agreement late last week. In addition to annual wage increases, improvements were made to vacation and overtime. The members will also receive a uniform allowance and will be joining the IAM Pension Plan in the second year of their contract. District 78 Business Representative Jim Snider, stated that, “negotiations committee members Fakhri… Read More »IAM Stronger with MY Union

You retire from your workplace, Not your Union

IAM District 78 Retiree’s held their annual Christmas luncheon in Brampton earlier this week. In addition to an excellent roast beef lunch, attendee’s were treated to music and a trivia contest by DJ Colin Cherry, followed up with a rousing game of bingo. You may retire from the job, but you never retire from the Union!