District Bulletin 33 – AIR CANADA – TMOS DPLP / MITIGATION

On May 19th Air Canada People, Culture and Communications issued a communique regarding staff reduction mitigation programs currently being offered to IAMAW Members.

In addition to the Deferred Payment Leave Plan (DPLP) provided for in Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) No. 6 of the TMOS Collective Agreement, Air Canada is also offering Special Voluntary Leaves of Absence (SVLOA) and a lackluster retirement incentive they are calling a “Universal Mitigation Program”. Read Bulletin here…

District Bulletin 32 – TO ALL IAMAW AIR CANADA MEMBERS CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAM

On May 15th Air Canada released communications stating that those employees who are laid off will no longer fall under the CEWS program effective June 7th.

The IAMAW has advised Air Canada that they need to come to the table and maintain its employees on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program, which is being subsidized by Federal funding, and not abandon them during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and pandemic. Read Bulletin here…

MACHINISTS UNION CALLS OUT AIR CANADA OVER “ABANDONMENT OF WORKERS”

“Air Canada needs to come to the table and maintain its employees on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
(CEWS) program.” This is the message from General Vice President Stan Pickthall, of Air Canada’s largest Union.

Pickthall added: “It is beyond an embarrassment for Air Canada to layoff more than half of its employees at a time when those employees need the Company the most. This is shameful behaviour from a corporation that owes its very existence to the hard work and dedication of employees from the ramp to the maintenance bays to the cabins and cockpit. We are asking them to continue the CEWS program – which is being subsidized by Federal funding, so the airline doesn’t even have to pay for it.” Read Letter here…

Letter Re: Extension of Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

I’m writing you on behalf of 36,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) who work in numerous sectors across Canada. As the General Vice President of the largest Union in air transportation, with a significant presence in aerospace, manufacturing, healthcare, the hotel industry, and other industries, I have witnessed the unprecedented impact on our member’s jobs, lives and our Union. The uncertainty and devastation has taken an unimaginable toll, the programs, and initiatives undertaken by the federal government have benefited our members in these challenging times. Read Letter here…

DISTRICT 140 EFAP ONLINE ZOOM WORKSHOPS IN FRENCH

I hope you and your families are keeping well. As a follow-up to my previous bulletin about Zoom
workshops with the help of Chris Saltel, Regional EFAP Coordinator in Quebec, the EFAP has worked
out a deal with psychologist, Jean-Marc Assaad, in Montreal to facilitate some similar online workshops
in French. Read Bulletin here…

CHANGES TO THE LOCAL LODGE 764 NOMINATION AND ELECTION PROCESS FOR THE 40TH GRAND LODGE CONVENTION DELEGATES

Local Lodge delegates to the quadrennial Grand Lodge conventions are nominated and elected in accordance with the IAMAW constitution Article II, SEC 3. The constitution requires nominations to take place at Local Lodge April General membership meetings and elections to take place at the Local Lodge May General membership meetings in each convention year. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of the April, May and June 2020 General membership meetings for just about all District and Local Lodges across North America. Read Bulletin here…

MTU MAINTENANCE CANADA LTD. BCLRC – SECTION 54 – UPDATE – 28th April

Further to our notice of April 22, 2020, discussions were held with the Company the afternoon of April
23, 2020, as planned, however the Company was unavailable to meet face to face with your
Committee. Accordingly, the parties agreed to meet further on Monday, April 27, 2020 to continue
discussions.

Over the two (2) meeting dates, our discussions focused on the Company’s eligibility for the
Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), the 2020 workload forecast, the feasibility of
Workshare versus temporary layoffs, and other opportunities to mitigate layoffs, including voluntary
leaves, prime time vacation ratios, temporary assignments and VSIP’s. Read Bulletin here…

DISTRICT 140 EFAP ONLINE ZOOM WORKSHOPS

The District 140 EFAP have been in contact with a Company called Air Institute, they specialize
in resilience and mental fitness training. Air Institute is currently offering three on-line modules
dealing with mental health strategies that may help with struggles you or your family members
may be experiencing.

Your EFAP has secured all three workshops that are being offered, they are available to all
IAMAW members and their families. The dates and times for these workshops will be scheduled
later in the day on the East Coast, this will enable members to view across the country.
Read Bulletin here…

MTU MAINTENANCE CANADA LTD. BCLRC – SECTION 54 – UPDATE

Further to our notice of April 1, 2020, concerning the formal written notification we received from
the Employer, pursuant to Section 54 [1] of the BC Labour Relations Code, the parties have
continued to engage in formal and informal discussions, including email exchanges around the
issue of mitigation opportunities. The topics discussed have included: Read Bulletin here…

CANCELLATION NOTICE***** MAY 13, 2020 LOCAL LODGE 764 GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Our members continue to have their lives affected daily by the COVID-19 response across British Columbia and continuing Federal, Provincial and Municipal government directives on large gatherings and social distancing. These directives and an overriding concern for the health of our members has placed Local Lodge 764 in the position of once again having to cancel our monthly General membership meeting. Read Bulletin here…

District Bulletin 27 – AIR CANADA MEMBERS (TMOS, FINANCE & CLERICAL) EFAP Benefits – CEWS & CERB

As of right now, whether you choose CEWS or CERB, both options will include the Company and EFAP benefits for counseling. I am waiting to hear back from Air Canada, whether members with the BetterFit benefit program have to continue paying their premiums. I have also asked if members still need to sustain premiums, is there any way we can decrease the premium until we’re back to some form of normalcy? Read Bulletin here…

District Bulletin 26 – AIR CANADA MEMBERS (TMOS, FINANCE & CLERICAL) AIR CANADA’s FAQ – CEWS & CERB

Further to Bulletin #25 issued on April 16, 2020, please be advised that Air Canada has advised the Union that they have extended the deadline to April 17, 2020 at 20:00 EST (today) to voluntarily select preferences between the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) programs. Accordingly, the membership has until 20:00 EST TODAY Read Bulletin here…

IAM Adopts Alternate Processes Leading Up to Grand Lodge Convention

In view of the coronavirus pandemic and its disruption to local lodge meetings, IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. has granted special dispensation to all local lodges to utilize alternate procedures concerning three critical, time-sensitive processes related to the upcoming 40th Grand Lodge Convention in San Diego. Link is here…

District Bulletin 22 – COVID-19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

During these unprecedented and extremely challenging times, our members have been asking many questions in this ever-changing environment.

In an effort to assist our members, below are important answers to frequently asked questions. As developments arise in this continuously evolving environment, additions or changes will be updated as they become available. Read Bulletin here…