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LL1120 members at Dominion Motors in Thunder Bay ratify new contract

06 September, 2023 – Although negotiations didn’t start well, Local Lodge 1120 in Thunder Bay, Ontario managed to negotiate improvements to their collective bargaining agreement. The vote, held on 06 September, 2023, was ratified by 90% of the membership.

The Company’s only offer was an increase in wages and pensions over 5 years with no retro-activity on the pension contributions. The Bargaining Committee, consisting of Ron Paquette and Glenn Buchanan, Directing Business Representative for IAM Local Lodge 1120, rejected the offer. The company told the union to file for conciliation as that would be the only offer. 

Local 1120 then held a strike vote to gauge the conviction of the membership. Upon learning of the results of the strike vote (100% in favour) and the looming conciliation the company requested to return to the table.

The results were very positive with an 11.5% increase in wages and pension over 3 years with full retro-activity to March 1, 2023. Members also negotiated a $150 per year tax-free boot allowance, as well as doubling eye care coverage to $400 every two years.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was added as a paid floater per year until it becomes a provincial statutory holiday.

Dominion Motors is a full-service GMC auto dealer providing mechanical servicing, collision repair, parts sales and installation to residents in the Thunder Bay area. There are 24 members working there.

Glenn Buchanan


Local Lodge 1120 members in Badanai Motors (Chevrolet) ratify new contract

15 August, 2023 – Aug 15/2023 the membership at Badanai Motors (Chevrolet) in Thunder Bay ratified a renewed 3-year contract with full retroactive pay for wages and pension back to March 1, 2023. Members bargained for, and received an 11% increase for wages and pension over the 3-year life of the contract.

New to the contract was a $250 per year tax-free boot allowance per member. The Negotiating Committee also succeeded in increasing eye care coverage to $600 every two years!

“Additionally, and importantly, members negotiated the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR) as a yearly paid floater day,” said Glenn Buchanan, Directing Business Representative for IAM Local Lodge 1120. “This was a very important item for the membership, the community and myself. I negotiated 6 contracts over the summer and made sure everyone received this day.”

The new agreement was accepted with a 75% approval.

Badanai Motors is a full-service automotive dealer with 23 members, including mechanics, body men, shipping and receiving, parts, and general helpers.

Glenn Buchanan
Directing Business Representative & Organizer

Local Lodge 1120 Ratifies Contract with Mascarin Collision Centre in Thunder Bay

[Thunder Bay, ON] – Local Lodge 1120 is pleased to announce the successful ratification of a renewed contract with Mascarin Collision Centre, an auto collision repair and painting facility in Thunder Bay, Ontario

The contract, which was officially ratified on 11 July, 2023, covers 12 dedicated members and spans a three-year term from 1 March, 2023, to 28 February, 2026. The agreement encompasses essential aspects, including wages, pensions, and benefits.

Members received 4%, 3% and 3% increases in wages and pension in the three years of the contract, with full retro-activity to 1 March, 2023.

Additionally, the contract includes the enhancement of employee benefits:

  • Boot Allowance increased to $175 per year.
  • Tool replacement and purchase allowance of $200 per year.
  • Introduction of Truth and Reconciliation Day (30 September) as a paid floater day per year.

The bargaining committee, comprised of Teuvo Pehkonen and Glenn Buchanan, Directing Business Representative for Local Lodge 1120, worked diligently to negotiate these favorable terms. An overwhelming majority, 92%, voted in favor of accepting the renewed contract.

Local Lodge 1120 expresses its gratitude to the membership for their solidarity and support in reaching this agreement. This achievement reflects the commitment to fair compensation and improved working conditions for the dedicated members of the lodge.

The IAM represents workers at seven auto dealerships in Thunder Bay. They are among more than 1,500 members at auto and truck dealerships on Vancouver Island, the lower mainland of British Columbia, Edmonton, Calgary, Fort Frances, Sault Ste. Marie, Markham, Toronto, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Glenn Buchanan
gbuchanan@iamaw.org

IAM Local Lodge 1120 Celebrates Successful Contract Renewal for Members at Half-Way Motors Mazda

Thunder Bay, ON, September 2023 — IAM Local Lodge 1120 in Thunder Bay is pleased to announce the ratification of a renewed contract for our members at Half-Way Motors Mazda. The agreement, ratified on June 21, 2023, represents a significant milestone in securing fair wages and benefits for our members.

The renewed contract spans a three-year term, effective from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2026, and focuses on enhancing wages and benefits. Year one will see a substantial 7% wage increase, followed by 5% increments in both the second and third years. Importantly, pension contributions will remain unchanged during the contract term, ensuring financial security for our members.

In a meaningful step towards recognizing the importance of Truth & Reconciliation Day (September 30), our members will now enjoy this day as a paid floater day each year. Additionally, a boot allowance of $200 per year has been introduced to prioritize the safety and well-being of our members.

We are proud to report that this renewal received unanimous support from our membership, with a 100% acceptance rate, emphasizing the strength and unity within our union.

IAM Local Lodge 1120 remains committed to championing the rights and well-being of our members. This contract renewal is a testament to our dedication to fair compensation, job security, and the continued support of our members at Half-Way Motors Mazda.

The IAM represents workers at seven auto dealerships in Thunder Bay. They are among more than 1,500 members at auto and truck dealerships on Vancouver Island, the lower mainland of British Columbia, Edmonton, Calgary, Fort Frances, Sault Ste. Marie, Markham, Toronto, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Glenn Buchanan
gbuchanan@iamaw.org

Goverment needs to act now!

Government needs to pass strong anti-scab legislation now.

Ban the use of “replacement workers” (Scabs)

When unionized workers are on strike or locked out, no one should be able to perform their work – not new or temporary hires, not management, not workers in other bargaining units, not students, or other workers.

We know that free and fair collective bargaining – without the threat of scabs taking workers’ jobs or imposing back-to-work legislation – is the best way to reach good agreements and stable workplaces.

The use of scabs pits working people against each other and takes advantage of non-unionized workers who are desperate for work.

In 2022, as part of the confidence-and-supply agreement with the NDP, the Liberal government committed to table legislation to ban the use of so-called “replacement workers” for both lockouts and strikes by the end of 2023.

The NDP and the Bloc Québécois have committed to passing anti-scab legislation quickly.

There is no justification for this Liberal minority government waiting to the end of the year to pass this legislation.

They need to pass strong meaningful anti-scab legislation now.

IAM anti-scab message.

2023 Negotiations

Negotiations with Badanai, Doninion, Pinewood and Mascarins have began.

May 16, 17 and 18 are now confirmed with Pinewood, Badanai and Dominion for our first round of negotiations. Mascarins has not responded as of today!