Aircraft maintenance workers employed at Keewatin Air in Winnipeg, MB, are the newest members of the IAM and will join more than 18,000 workers in the Canadian Air Transport Sector.
Keewatin Air serves the Canadian Arctic from its main base in Winnipeg with a fleet of Beech 1900 and King Air 200 aircraft. Keewatin Air operates aircraft ground support at bases in Churchill, Manitoba, Rankin Inlet and Iqaluit, Nunavut, as well as charter and Air medical services throughout Nunavut, Manitoba and beyond.
“The reason these workers turned to the IAM are not new to us,” said IAM Grand Lodge Representative Brian Short. “They were looking for respect on the job from their employer and someone who could champion their concerns over favoritism, especially in the areas of scheduling and promotion.”
The 25 new members consist of Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AME), Apprentice AME’s, Quality Assurance Assistants, Maintenance and Parts Department Personnel. “We couldn’t have succeeded in this campaign without the hard work and guidance of IAM District Lodge 181 Directing Business Representative Wayne Relf and his organizing committee,” said Short. “They took the time to explain the benefits of IAM membership and answer the concerns of the workers.”