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Machinists endorse Singh for NDP Leader

Toronto, ON – The IAM is endorsing Jagmeet Singh for leader of the federal New Democratic Party. The decision came after lengthy and passionate debate among IAM Canadian office staff, national staff, District Lodge Directing Business Representatives, Business Representatives and General Chairpersons from across the country who are members of the NDP. “We had a healthy discussion today from all of our staff and representatives and the message was clear,… Read More »Machinists endorse Singh for NDP Leader

IAM Solidarity

IAM members and staff from across Canada got together last week at the IAM’s Training and Education Center near Baltimore, Maryland. Attendees debated and ultimately unanimously endorsed Jagmeet Singh in the upcoming federal NDP leadership race. Plans were made for a number of other concerns, including organizing and political action for the next year.

IAM DL 78 Ottawa

With Organizing and Strengthening the IAM our first priority, District 78 sign is up at our satellite office in Ottawa.

UFCW Clerical ratify new agreement

Thursday August 24, 2017 For Immediate Release Toronto, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1922, representing clerical workers at UFCW offices in Toronto and Montreal, have ratified a new collective agreement. The three-year agreement, retroactive to April 1, 2017, provides wage increases in each year. Other agreement high lights include: Improved RRSP contributions Improved Health care benefits Reinstatement of contract language for alternate summer work schedules The IAM also

IAM Statement on Department of Labor-Supervised Rerun of Election

Responding to the U.S. Department of Labor, the IAM has agreed to a DOL-supervised rerun of the 2017 Grand Lodge elections for International Union officer positions, including International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and seven U.S. General Vice Presidents. The election excludes the Canadian General Vice President position.

The DOL struck down the IAM members’ convention action requiring that candidates for Grand Lodge office show a minimal 10 percent level of support in the union’s local lodges before becoming candidates for election. The members adopted this provision to assure that elections took place only when there was at least some possibility that more than one candidate for each position would prevail. The DOL also found that even though incumbent candidates received 749 or more local lodge endorsements, while challengers received no more than 7 endorsements, a new election is required.Read More »IAM Statement on Department of Labor-Supervised Rerun of Election

IAM Strike at Lakehead Motors is over!

Monday August 21, 2017 For Immediate Release Thunder Bay, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1120 are back on the job today ending a 16 day strike following the ratification of a new agreement late Thursday. “We held a special general membership meeting Thursday night to vote on a tentative agreement and it was ratified by a margin of 84 per cent,” said IAM Local Lodge 1120

Labour Day 2017

IAMAW will be leading the Toronto Labour Day Parade this year. LET’S MAKE THIS THE BEST TURNOUT EVER. THE IAM HOSTED BY DISTRICT 78 AND LOCAL LODGE 2323, WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN THE PARADE. Parade route starts at University and Queen St. West BRING YOUR FAMILY AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FREE ADMISSION TO THE CNE. Bus pick-up is first come first serve at 2580 Drew Rd. @7:15am and 557… Read More »Labour Day 2017

IAM Local 1863/1975 Retirees Remembered Brother(s) recently passed.

Union Brother, Clarence Shephard (“Joe”) Govier, passed away August 3, 2017. Joe was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, ON, Canada, as a machinist November 14, 1973, at that time becoming a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). His passing will be acknowledged by the LL 1863 Retirees Club, and sympathy extended to his family. Union Brother, Donald James Saunders, passed away August 4, 2017. Don was… Read More »IAM Local 1863/1975 Retirees Remembered Brother(s) recently passed.

IAM Local 1120 in Thunder Bay forced to go on strike for fairness

Thunder Bay, ON – IAM members at Lakehead Motors in Thunder Bay went on strike as of 2:30 pm Wednesday afternoon. The 36 members took action after the employer forced their hand by not responding to the initial Union offer. They have been in negotiations since March, when the previous agreement expired.

Machinists win lengthy arbitration at Flin Flon

Flin Flon, MB – An arbitration concerning a job evaluation case for some members of IAM Local Lodge 1848 employed by Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company Limited (HUDBay) at Flin Flon, has been awarded in favour of the union.

Under the terms of the collective agreement, if the employer and the Union fail to reach agreement upon any job descriptions, classification or assignment to job classifications through the procedure in the Co-operative Wage Study (CWS) manual, it can be referred to arbitration

Arbitrator Michael Werier decided that Machinists and Pipefitters employed by HUDBAY named in the award should move up one job classification with appropriate increase in pay. Read More »Machinists win lengthy arbitration at Flin Flon