Strike Pay Cheques


Strike Pay cheques must be picked up by Monday May 25 at the IAM office in the Steel Centre from between:

8:00am – 1:00pm

Cheques must be picked up personally and verification of your home address and social insurance number is mandatory.

If cheques are not picked up by that time they will be sent back to the Grand Lodge.



The IAM bargaining committee will be holding an information meeting for the membership to update our members on the events that have occurred since we have taken strike action against our employer Hudbay on May 02.

The meeting will be held on:

Monday May 25

Steel Centre

Flin Flon

4 pm.

We encourage all our members to please make every effort to attend.

In solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Grievance Procedure?


Hudbay’s management wants us to believe that there is no problems with the current grievance procedure in place.

They believe that it is efficient and deals with all Union issues in a timely fashion.

Nothing can be further from the truth.

In 2015, we have over 20 grievances awaiting arbitration.

We have recently advanced over 60 grievances from our backlog to arbitration on contracting out.

It is not working.

With the current procedure in place we will be lucky to bring 2 to 3 cases to arbitration in a year.

By our math, it is going to take 27 years to arbitrate our current backlog, and that’s not including new cases that are bound to surface.

One of our proposals for the new contract was to bring an arbitrator in once every 6 months to clear our backlog in a timely and efficient manner.

Many of these grievances are serious infractions against our CBA. They include contracting out of our jobs at an unprecedented rate, wrongful dismissal of our members and unqualified personnel doing our work.

We were told NO.


For one, while a case is under grievance, Hudbay continues operate as they see fit, disregarding what the guidelines in our CBA permits. They continue to do so until the case goes to arbitration and a ruling against them forces them to stop. The problem is that it can take years for the case to be heard. Once the system is log-jammed, they operate without rules.

How convenient.

The second reason is that this current procedure gives the perception that the union is no longer effective. If it can take months or even years to resolve any issues. With that much time, how effective is it? It’s not the Union at fault, it’s a system destined to fail and to make us look powerless.

Why would Hudbay want a change?

Good labor relations with their Unions is not a priority.

Resolving issues is even less.

All that matters is operating however they see fit.

In solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Strike Vote Mandate


The results of the strike vote mandate is out:

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local Lodge 828

89% in favor of a strike

100% membership turnout

The United Steelworkers Local Lodge 7106

91.5% in favor of a strike

85% membership turnout

The executive would like to thank their membership with their direction in moving forward.

IAM Members Who Have Sought Employment Beyond Hudbay


We want to remind our members who have found employment elsewhere during this strike process that they should contact the office so we can keep track of your whereabouts and to ensure all information we receive can be passed to you in a timely manner.

The IAM has absolutely no issues with our striking members seeking employment elsewhere during this strike process.

We can add you to our mass email list if your not already included by sending us an email to our office. It is the most efficient way to receive any new information as soon as possible.

We also have a web page at IAMAW 1848 where we post information.

We wish you and your families the best of luck in your future endeavors.

Keep in touch, we care about each and every one of you.

We can be reached at:


telephone: (204) 687-4293

fax: (204) 687-4294

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

New Edge Auto Week One Support



As we have announced earlier, New Edge Auto would be graciously donating 5% of all parts and labor sales to his fellow IAM striking mechanics for financial relief.

We are happy to announce that the week one donation was $546.00

We cannot thank Blaine Vankoughnett and his staff enough at New Edge Auto for their generosity.

We encourage all members of our community to bring their vehicles to New Edge Auto for professional, affordable, and prompt service.

Strike Pay Cheques


Strike Pay cheques can be picked up on Friday May 22 at the IAM office in the Steel Centre from between:

8:00am – 1:00pm

Cheques must be picked up personally and verification of your home address and social insurance number is mandatory.

Hudbay Minerals Hurts Us All


Hudbay Minerals Hurts Us All is a group of people meeting together in an international forum and protest to seek justice and reparations for all crimes, violations and harms carried out by Hudbay Minerals. From Guatemala to Manitoba, from Arizona to Peru, Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities from across the Americas impacted by this company are coming together. On Thursday, May 21, at 6pm at the Friends Quaker House on 60 Lowther in Toronto will be meeting to hear first hand accounts from guest speakers around the world. On the eve of the annual shareholders meeting they wish to invite all to gather to share stories and hear testimonies.

Speakers scheduled to participate:

Angelina Choc, German Chub and Rosa Elbira, members of Indigenous Mayan Q’eqchi’ communities from El Estor, Guatemala and victims of repression that allege murder, shooting and gang rape carried out by and for Hudbay Minerals and it’s subsidiary company CGN. Angelina, German, and Rosa are 3 of 11 plaintiffs in the precedent setting civil lawsuits in Toronto courts against Hudbay Minerals and CGN.

Murray Klippenstien and Cory Wanless, of Klippensteins Barristers and Solicitors, representing the Guatemalan plaintiffs.

A speaker representing the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, who have condemned Hudbay’s Lalor Lake and Reed Lake Mines in Manitoba for operating illegally and destructively on their territory. Hudbay has sued MCCN leadership and community members and obtained an injunction to prevent them from using their own lands to hunt, fish, and gather.

A speaker from the movement against Hudbay’s Rosemont Mine in Arizona. The Hopi Tribe and the Tohon O’odham Nation, the Pima County and Santa Cruz County Boards of Supervisors, the towns of Oro Valley, Marana, Sahuarita, and Patagonia, the Green Valley Community Coordinating Council, and the City Of Tucson have all passed resolutions opposing the proposed Rosemont Mine.

A statement will also be shared from the Ayllu of Uchuccarco, an Indigenous people in Peru who have censured Hudbay for failing to keep it’s promises, and for instead contaminating ecosystems and rivers on Ayllu traditional lands.

As we can all see, unfair treatment of their own employees in Flin Flon is not just an isolated incident. Unfair treatment of people is a world wide problem with this company. We must all stand together in solidarity and demand this company treat us fairly and just.


Two Sets Of Rules?


If you were to look at the document released from Hudbay on April 15, 2015 named:





in respect of the




MAY 22, 2015

If you turn to page 27 and read the paragraph under the heading BENCHMARKING it reads in part:

As part of the Compensation Committee’s consideration of our executive and director compensation for 2014, the Compensation committee engaged Hugesson to update the compartor group used to benchmark our compensation against that of a group of peer companies. The compartor group includes mid-tier gold companies. The Compensation Committee believes this is appropriate, as we compete with all mining companies for executives and other personnel with specialized skills and knowledge and there are a limited number of mid-tier base metal producers to use as comparators.”

Following this paragraph there is a list of 12 companies with a list of each company’s total revenues and total assests that Hudbay management considers it peers.

Management wants to make sure that they are paid at industry standards according to their peers. They are so concerned that there is no mistake made in the comparison they have actually hired an outside firm to make sure it’s done correctly.

They base their raises on personnel from other companies with the same specialized skills and knowledge.

Is there two sets of rules?

All we have been asking from the start is to be paid at an industry standard according to our peers.

As skilled trades we go to school and also train in the field to gain specialized skills and knowledge.

Why are employees treated different from management who are part of the same company?

Why don’t we follow the same rules?

It’s quite clear this company does not respect their workers who are the backbone of this company.

Without our hardwork there would not be a Hudbay.

Treat us all the same and let’s all have one set of rules.

Week 3 Update

Well here it is – week three of the strike. Management is still under the illusion that the plant is running well – reliable sources inside the plant tell us this is not happening.

The money that this management is willing to spend to teach a lesson to the Unions is unbelievable. This is a lesson for all the Unions at Hudbay, because you are next. This is Union busting.

It is absolutely paramount that we get management back to the bargaining table with a real understanding that there are problems that need to be addressed. What reasonable person would take the position that after 15 years without changes to the language in our CBA it is just fine – no changes required.

There are some people, unionized and non, that don’t know or don’t think there are scabs working here during this strike.

We have scabs.. some were here before the strike, some have shown up after. The argument put forth is they have a contract. All scabs have a contract, they are still scabs. They are filtering in at one or two a week. We believe there are 12 scabs at Hudbay today.