MEDIA RELEASE: Federal Government Should “Absolutely” Support Canada’s Airlines

October 2, 2020 – “The Federal Government should absolutely support Canada’s airline and air transportation industry!”

This was the unequivocal statement of Stan Pickthall, Canadian General Vice President of the Machinists Union (IAM).

“This is a position we have taken throughout the pandemic, and one that we have published in two releases on our website.”

Pickthall applauds the recent addition of other Airline Unions who are now taking strong positions on this campaign.

“Most of the major Unions representing workers in air transportation are now backing the call for assistance to be provided to the airlines and air transportation companies, who have been devastated beyond belief by this pandemic. Together we are stronger!”

“Air Canada alone lost in excess of $1 Billion in the second quarter of 2020, and the news will soon come out for Q3 – which looks like it will be much the same. Without much-needed Federal assistance for this industry, we could soon be facing bankruptcies by even the major players.”

However, the IAM says that Government assistance must provide assurances to protect workers in Canada’s air transportation industry. Specifically, it must be conditional upon an employer plan and commitment to make the protection and creation of jobs a condition of the loan.

“Any Federal funds to airlines must not be used for executive compensation and bonuses,” stated Pickthall.

“We have played that movie before, and we do not support bailouts for executives.”

Air Canada alone has laid off in excess of 20,000 employees, many of whom are IAM Union members. The IAM has seen furloughs of almost half its membership at Air Canada over recent months after the Company discontinued the federal wage subsidy (CEWS) program among its unionized employees.

“Corporations must have a plan that protects the jobs and salaries of workers; this plan must have as its goal the return to work of their entire workforce,” Pickthall concluded.

The IAM is the largest Union representing almost 20,000 workers at Airlines and Air Transportation across the country. The IAM has posted numerous and regular communications to its membership over the past six months – many of which are in response to the COVID Pandemic and the economic impacts on workers.

For more information: http://www.iamaw.ca/covid-19-news/

Media Contact:
Frank Saptel; Stan Pickthall.

416-386-1789

Go for the Gold to Support the IAM 2020 Convention!

Fundraising is an essential part of preparing for the 40th IAM Grand Lodge Convention September 7-11, 2020 in San Diego. You can help by entering our gold raffle, with all proceeds going to support the convention.

Click here to find out how to purchase tickets.

First prize is a collection of American Eagle gold coins currently valued at $20,000.

Second prize is a collection of American Eagle silver coins currently valued at $1,000.

Third prize is a $500 Visa gift card.

Support the IAM 2020 Grand Lodge Convention by going for the gold.

Federal Election Checklist

IAMAW members need to be very active in this upcoming Federal Election.

The Canada Elections Act, amended in 2018, sets out the rules on union activities and communications during Federal elections. Below are the main points to remember.

Third Party Advertising: During Pre-election and the Election.

  • Any IAMAW District or Local that spends any money on advertising or partisan activities after June 30, 2019 must keep a record of such expenditures.
  • Spending limits apply to partisan activities, advertising and election surveys.
  • The IAMAW does not consider member-to-member communications, which are not directed at the general public to be advertising or partisan activities.

Member-to-member activity.

  • While there are limits on communicating with the general public, or helping candidates and political parties, the Canadian Office, Districts, and Locals are free to engage in any political communications, or engagement with our IAMAW members.

Newsletters, leaflets, emails, social media and text messaging.

  • There are no restrictions on the use of email, newsletters, leaflets, social media, and text messages as long as we are communicating directly with our IAMAW members and not the public.

Working on Campaigns.

  • IAMAW members can work on campaigns as volunteers after work hours by using unpaid leave, or vacation.
  • Unions cannot release staff to work on campaigns.

Individual IAMAW members can donate.

  • Unions are not permitted to make any financial contributions to candidates, or federal parties.

Websites, Facebook and social Media

  • Union websites, Facebook and social media channels used to promote political action is permitted as long as the content posted is organic; in other words, no payments are made to sponsor or boost the content.

For further information visit: www.elections.ca

Derek Ferguson
GLR, Political Action

Our Women’s Committee reaches out!

Food insecurity is a real issue in Nova Scotia. According to Feed Nova Scotia, more than 41,000 Nova Scotians were supported by food banks in 2017, and 1/3 of these recipients are children.

It’s a sad reality that 15.4 per cent of Nova Scotian households are considered “food insecure,” which means they lack reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food.

This is why IAMAW Local Lodge 2797’s Women’s Committee decided to support Feed Nova Scotia.

“It’s important that we look at all issues that have to do with family dynamics within the home,” explained Sarah Covey, Chair of our Women’s Committee.

“And we try and focus on local organizations that benefit all of our communities.”

1,970,623 kilograms of food was distributed through Feed Nova Scotia in the 2017/2018 year: this includes non-perishable goods, perishables, pet food, and even menstrual supplies, which are provided through a partnership with Dignity Period. All of the items that are donated or purchased by the organization need to be checked to ensure they are fresh/undamaged, then sorted and packaged to be distributed throughout the province.

It’s a task that requires a lot of helping hands.

Enter the volunteers: more than 30,000 volunteer hours were donated last year to the organization to help make sure food gets to people who need it. Our local lodge is just one of 123 volunteer groups that are trying to help with the task. So far, our Women’s Committee has visited Feed Nova Scotia on three separate occasions to sort and package donations.

On Tuesday, June 11th, they repackaged 250 ml milk containers, checking their expiry dates, making sure the cartons weren’t damaged, sorting them into 15 kilogram groups and moving them onto pallets to be distributed throughout the province. On past visits, our group has helped sort imperfect produce that has been donated by farmers (approximately 15 per cent of Feed Nova Scotia’s donations come directly from farmers).

Our Women’s Committee plans to meet again in September and will probably hold another volunteer date with Feed Nova Scotia after that meeting. Anyone interested in joining the committee or volunteering with any of their events should contact Sarah Covey at scovey@nsgeu.ca.

For more information on food banks in Canada, please visit https://www.foodbankscanada.ca/