The following bulletin, available in both official languages, provides details on a recent petition with the House of Commons to demand a living wage for all our members working at airports across the country initiated by District Lodge 140. Click here to sign the petition.

Solidarity in Action!

After a long day of bargaining in Thunder Bay, GLR Bernie Wood and DL140 General Chair Chris Greniuk went to support our brothers and sisters at the Ontario Public Service Employees Union – OPSEU on the fifth day of picketing. #lcbo #solidarity #onlab #onpoli

From the latest issue of Dispatch Weekly News from the IAM

Passing of a Member


September 14, 1956 – June 20, 2024

After a courageous battle with cancer, it is with deep sadness that we, his family, announce the peaceful passing of Rick (aka Moose) at home.
Rick is survived by his wife Michele, his children, Elyse (Kyle) and Justin, grandson Blake, and extended family and friends across Canada and in England.
Rick was born at the Portage La Prairie hospital and shortly thereafter adopted by Marjorie (nee Kennedy) and Raymond Vezina into a large, boisterous, loving extended family.
He spent his childhood in Stockton and Glenboro moving to Winnipeg as a young teen, making lifelong friendships, excelling both academically and athletically – in particular track and field.
He loved living in the country and told many wonderful stories of attending a little one room school house, walking through the snow to Christmas concerts, and fishing in the creek beneath his Grandads hill. To a born and bred city girl, it sounded magical. We were so happy to give Elyse, Justin and later Blake similar experiences growing up in Springfield and at the cottage in Matlock. What times we have had Rick.
Rick spent his working life with Air Canada and the IAMAW, wearing a variety of hats, helping many people along the way.
How do you put into words the measure of a man among men. Those of us lucky enough to have walked beside him through this wonderful journey we call life will each have our own special memories to comfort us at this time.
We find ourselves on different time zones once again Rick, but I know we will find each other again. Thank you for a wonderful life, be free now to run as fast as you want wherever you want my love.
For as long as I live and everywhere I go, I will search for pieces of you, I adore you Dad, all my love Elyse.
Our family would like to thank the army of people who have contributed to Rick’s care over the last six and a half years. You are all simply the best at what you do.
At Rick’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral. We will celebrate his life later this summer.

Arrangements entrusted to: Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 29, 2024, Jun 29, 2024

Air Canada 2009 Share Trust

Pensioners, survivors and future retirees, Airline Lodge 714 has drafted an official letter on your behalf to send to Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland to conclude the matters of the Air Canada 2009 Share Trust. We suggest you email Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland with the provided Share Trust Letter PDF file below. Additional ways to contact the Minister of Finance can be found here.

Passing of a Member

Douglas Andrew Horst

September 8, 1962 – May 21, 2024

Douglas Andrew Horst passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Winnipeg at the age of 61.

He was a wonderful father and husband to his wife Valerie Horst, and his daughter Mary Horst.

He was the most caring, kind, hard-working, funny and compassionate person one would ever meet. Doug will be lovingly remembered by his family: his brother Darrell Horst; sisters, Robin Horst and Cheryl Pardely; his uncle Donald E. Horst, his friends, Jason Klippert (Bubbles Gahun), Andy Kozlowski, Liam Buckley; his niece and nephew, Shanna Gratton and Kevin Pardely; as well as numerous cousins, peers, and in-laws.




As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 01, 2024, Jun 01, 2024

Douglas Andrew Horst

IAM Canada’s Response to the Third Reading Adoption of the Anti-Scab Bill (C-58)

Toronto, ON – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Canada applauds the third reading adoption of the anti-scab bill (C-58) for federally-regulated businesses.

“This bill is crucial for maintaining balance in the negotiation process between employers and unions. It is well-documented that the use of scabs unnecessarily prolongs negotiations and conflicts, as employers can replace their workers and continue operations. This practice is deeply unjust,” stated IAM Canadian General Vice-President David Chartrand.

Thanks to the work of the NDP, a series of changes recommended by the CLC and affiliate unions were adopted. The time for the law to take effect was reduced from 18 months to 12 months, and the time frame for the Canada Industrial Relations Board to resolve disputes over Maintenance of Activities agreements was shortened to 82 days. The ban on scab labour in Bill C-58 now includes employees who aren’t part of the affected bargaining unit and work at another location, as well as volunteers, students, and the public. The rights of striking and locked-out workers to get their jobs back were also clarified and strengthened. IAM Canada remains concerned that a future conservative government could extend this delay.

IAM Canada appreciates the Liberal government and the NDP’s ability to set aside their differences and collaborate on developing a significant law for workers, which is essential for protecting the fundamental right to collective bargaining. However, we cannot understand why federal government employees are excluded from the future law’s anti-scab provisions.

“For IAM Canada, this has been a demand for more than four decades. The current bill is not perfect, but we are very close to achieving our goal. I also want to recognise the hard work and the lobbying efforts our members and Representatives to deliver these results. It is thanks to all of them that this important milestone was reached.” GVP Chartrand concluded.

The IAM represents more than 40,000 Canadian workers in air transport and a wide range of manufacturing including aircraft, auto parts, buses, aerospace, electronics, light and heavy machinery, tools and appliances. We are the largest airport security screeners union in Canada. The IAM also represents a growing number of workers in the health care and hospitality sectors as well as office, technical and other white-collar workers.

For more information:
Frank Saptel
IAM Canada Communications