We're a union of more than 50,000 working men and women throughout
Canada who share the common goals of justice on the job, security
for the family and service to the community.
The Machinists Union is a union on the move.
We're on the move to expand the family of working men and women
who trust our union as the best possible safeguard for security in
an increasingly complex and uncertain work environment.
We're talking about a democratic union with strong traditions of
local autonomy where the membership runs the union.
The union which started in the railways at the turn of the
Century has grown into an amazing range of human endeavour.
Today, for example, we are the largest airline union in Canada,
representing more than 16,000 workers in virtually all aspects of
the air transport industry. They say with good reason that "If it
flies, you can bet your bottom dollar The I.A.M.A.W. helps make it
We represent workers in the aerospace industry, the manufacturing
of aircraft parts, helicopters, engines, pulp and paper, auto parts,
light and heavy machinery, farm equipment, fridges, stoves, trucks,
buses, mobile homes, boats, weigh scales, printing presses, swimming
pools, conveyer systems, ball point pens, industrial pumps, glass
beads, pet food, radios, cosmetics, light fixtures, signs, electric
motors, elevators, snow blowers, staples and nails, wall coverings,
hockey sticks, kitchenware, office furniture, submarine valves, and
even milk and cookies.
IAM members work in the public sector for school boards, for a
municipal ambulance service, for transit and power commissions.
We work in sensitive industries like Atomic Energy of Canada, and
maintain critical printing equipment at Canadian Bank Note.
We work in the printing and publishing industry, in university
research laboratories and we provide cable T. V. service.
We work in auto and truck sales and service.
You will find IAM members at work in offices throughout Canada in
a broad range of occupations which are part of our new information
And we are proud of our international association with workers
throughout North America in The I.A.M.A.W., especially in the new
We are affiliated to the Canadian Labour Congress, and two
worldwide groupings of unions representing workers in industries
comparable to ours -- the International Transport Workers Federation
and the International Metalworkers Federation.
Our Locals are affiliated to Labour Councils and Provincial
Federations of Labour throughout Canada.