National Day of Mourning

National Day of Mourning – Tomorrow (April 28)
Tomorrow, on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, we remember the workers killed or injured on the job as we observe the National Day of Mourning.

“Our enduring message is to mourn for the dead and fight for the living,” says Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall in his video address to IAM members.

This year, as we contend with COVID-19, our remembrance and the actions we take to hold our employers to account, to ensure the safety of all workers, is more important than ever.

“We know that many workers during this COVID-19 crisis have been deemed essential and are going to work,” says Pickthall. “Our healthcare heroes, grocery heroes, and all the other heroes who are doing their jobs every day to make sure we’re safe. We need to make sure they have the proper protective equipment and that employers are doing everything they must do to ensure their safety.”

On Tuesday, please take part in one of the many virtual Day of Mourning events or hold a private vigil. Together, let’s honour those who have lost their lives and stand with essential workers, as we call on our employers and government to do more.
IAM Will Continue to Fight to Ensure Every Worker Has the Proper Protection They Need.
IAM Local Lodge 1295 members who work in a Toronto long-term care facility. Zofia, Alicia, Lucita, Vivianne, Paul, Glenis, Olena, Agnes, and Lorissa.
PSW Marcia Stone and RN Shaudia Davis, proud members of IAM Local Lodge 1231. 
Thank You to Our IAM District 78 Health Care Heroes
IAM District Lodge 78 represents thousands of front-line health care workers throughout Ontario in retirement homes, long-term care, patient transfer, and home care.

They are our health care heroes, risking their health to protect ours.

IAM continues to fight for our members and for all health care workers in Canada, to ensure that employers and governments do a better job providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), training, access to WSIB, and enhanced compensation.
We’re Here to Answer YOUR COVID-19 Questions
District 78 has brought on a dedicated staff member to assist IAM members with:The Employment Insurance (EI) process.Questions regarding health and safety and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).General questions regarding COVID-19.Allison Skinner is available during regular office hours by phone at 416-729-5563 or email at  
COVID-19 Support and Information
IAM Resources

Online Zoom Workshops for all IAM Members
COVID-19 and Healthcare – FAQ for IAM Members
IAM Guide to Assist Members Applying for Employment Insurance (EI) [PDF]
Position Statement on COVID-19 for IAM Healthcare Members

IAM News

IAM 2020 Canadian Bargaining Priorities – COVID-19
IAM Health Care Bargaining Priorities
Message from GVP Stan Pickthall to IAM members

Other Resources

Know The Difference: Self-Monitoring, Self-Isolation, and Isolation for COVID-19 – Public Health Agency of Canada [PDF]
Workers Health & Safety Centre COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool – Government of Canada
Canadian Labour Congress COVID-19 Resource Centre
Help for Individuals during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Toronto & York Region Labour Council
See Our COVID-19 Information and Resource Page
Printable Newsletter
Our monthly newsletter is now available in a printable PDF format. Please download and share at YOUR workplace.
Download and Share Our Newsletter [PDF]
Help Us Reach District 78 Members
Not every IAM District Lodge 78 member is receiving our eNewsletters.

Talk to YOUR colleagues. If a fellow member isn’t receiving our emails please tell them to to contact

It is important that we have a working email address for each and every IAM District Lodge 78 member.
District 78 News You May Have Missed
UFCW National Representatives and IAM Local 1922 Members Ratify Collective Agreement


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North Bay Labour Council H&S Awards

Annual Health and Safety Awards Banquet
Members of the North Bay and District Labour Council. Left to Right. Rejean Amyot, Jared Hunt, Pauline Teal, Tammy Martel, Ian Mizzi, Henri Giroux, Dave Vadnais. Not picture: Amanda Farrow-Giroux, Andy Mitchell, Rick Belisle.
Congratulations to Brent Lavigne CUPE 122 for winning the Prevent Link WSIB Award.
Congratulations to Jim Aldridge OPSEU 635 for winning the WHSC Award. Jim has dedication much of his career to Health and Safety in his workplace.
Henri Giroux, President of the NBDLC, was the honoured recipient of our first annual Community Activism Award. Henri has dedicated years of service to helping people in the North Bay and area.
Nipissing University and proud NUFA member, Dr. Kristen Ferguson was an amazing guest speaker. Dr. Ferguson shared her academic story about researching the stress demands of public education teaching. She is part of a $1.4 million multi-sector study, with particular focus on work place mental health relating to leaves of absence and return to work programs.
Unifor Rally in North Bay
Regional and local Unifor members and supporters rallied outside of MPP Fedeli’s office Friday December 7th. Local union members wanted MPP Fedeli to know that he’s making terrible decisions as the Nipissing representative, and that the focus of Unifor members will not change. Just because Bill 47 passed doesn’t mean unions have stopped the fight to help low wage workers. Andy Mitchell (Unifor 103 President) explained to local media that he and other Unifor negotiators plan to bargain for $15 and other low wage worker demands. Read the North Bay Nugget article here.
Strategy, Tools, Actions
Organizers Jared Hunt, Shawn Moreton, Catherine Murten Stoehr, and Lena Ross hosted a fabulous panel discussion November 29th. Over 50 people attended to listen to Erin Reyce, Candace Ghent, and Erika Lougheed (pictured below, left to right, with organizer MC Lena Ross) speak about the ups and downs of organizing for equity and social change. Although not an easy topic to frame, these amazing humans spoke to importance of working together to bring about positive change. After the panel discussion the group divided into three highly constrictive workshops: Writing for Change, Creating Online Content, and Organizing for Turnout. Pictures by Shawn Moreton.
Family and Friends Board Games Day
December 15th at OPSEU Hall, 2:30-5PM. Save the date, friends! Some Labour Council organizers want to host a Saturday afternoon board games get-together. Why not finish off the 2018 Labour year with friendly games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Euchre, Wizard, or any other fun game you really enjoy playing. Anyone is welcome–members, friends, neighbours. Snacks, tea, coffee, pop will be provided. See you there!
Visit ActivismNB  
Want to keep up-to-date with activism related action? Visit for the deets. A local organizer created an awesome website to inform people about important events like rallies, town halls, panels, etc… Find ActivismNB on Facebook here.
The Workers Health and Safety Centre
Looking for information about amazing certified health and safety training? Look no further, the WHSC is a leading training agency in meeting and exceeding work place safety requirements. Employers across the province recognize WHSC as excellent value for top notch classroom-based training. WHSC is union supported and relies on the expertise of union and locally-based trainers.