Dear Members,

I am proud to say that our efforts were successful and that as of Dec.1, 2022, the Canada Labour Code was amended to provide 10 paid sick days for workers in the federal jurisdiction. There has been less success at the provincial level, particularly in provinces where Conservative governments brought in temporary measures, which are now expired.

The accrual of sick days starts in December, but actual sick days are not accrued until next year. 3 days will be accrued at the end of the first 30 days of legislation coming into effect, then additional days are accrued at a rate of 1 day per month, to a maximum of 10 days. It’s important to note that paid sick days are not in addition to what Collective Agreements provide, rather, if the Collective Agreement is inferior to the new law, employers must abide by the superior legislation. Sick days can’t be stacked with days available under a Collective Agreement; workers have access to either their Collective Agreement entitlements, if that agreement is superior to the law, or 10 days if the legislation is better than the agreement. The two cannot be combined. As a general rule, when determining if a Collective Agreement provides a better benefit than the new law, consider the entirety of sick day clauses in Collective Agreements.
In solidarity,

Dave Flowers President & Directing General Chairperson

International Women’s day 2021

March 8th is International Women’s Day #ChooseToChallange A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequity. We can choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help …
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Black History Month 2021

During Black History Month, Canadians celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today. In December 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month in Canada following a motion introduced by …
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One More Obstacle to Airline Recovery

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GVP Pickthall Year-End Special Message – December 2020

Sisters and Brothers: As we approach the end of 2020, I take this opportunity to wish all IAM members and their families the very best for this Holiday Season! On behalf of the IAM Executive Council, and all the Staff and officers across Canada, I bring Seasons Greetings. In December last year as I wrote …
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Harvest Manitoba Online Donation

CLICK HERE TO DONATE Season’s greetings from your Human Rights and Women’s Committee This past year has been hard on everyone.  For those less fortunate it has been an exceptionally difficult year and more than ever, Manitoba Harvest (formally Winnipeg Harvest) needs our support and generosity to continue helping hungry children, hardworking families and struggling …
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October is Women’s History Month!

CANADIAN WOMEN OF IMPACT Following is just one example of a Canadian woman of impact: Chantal Petitclerc. She had to overcome significant barriers to accomplish her goal. You can read about her and other dynamic Canadian women in the links listed at end this message. Let us honour these women by: -reading a story about …
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