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

IAM Distric 78 Arbitration Award

IAM District 78 News | April 21, 2020
Arbitration Award
This good news is from late last year, but we think it’s worth sharing. IAM District 78 arbitrated a Local 3111 members grievance. The grievance concerned whether a member, Bilan Arte, had a right to receive transportation expenses, as defined in the Collective Agreement. After hearing the case, the Arbitrator found in favour of the IAM, and resulted in the grievor being entitled to over $6,500 in expenditures. IAM Representative Jim Snider stated that, “this was a big win for Bilan and for Local 3111. The Local committee refused to settle for anything less than what Bilan was entitled to.”
Proud IAM member, Bilan, who works at the Canadian Labour Congress, understands the value of belonging to the IAM, and is pictured above at the IAM 2019 Women’s Conference.   


OFL Protect Worker Posters and Covid-19 Information

The Ontario Federation Of Labour has designed printable posters that you can print and place in your window to show your support for front line workers.

Other OFL resources are available at and include the following:

  1. COVID-19 Information page that includes links to information and labour resources
  2. COVID-19 policy timeline
  3. Information sheet: Wash your hands of germs, racism, and xenophobia