District Bulletin 34 – AIR CANADA ONE CATEGORY GRIEVANCES

As a follow-up to bulletin No. 005 issued on January 27th of this year, the arbitration process has now concluded for the grievances regarding one-category recall. This arbitration hearing was raised to a full evidentiary process and the parties required three (3) full days to make all arguments. Unfortunately, Arbitrator Schmidt ruled in favour of the Company and dismissed the Union’s grievances. Read Bulletin here…

District Bulletin 32 – AIR CANADA TMOS OFF DUTY STATUS GRIEVANCE

On May 12th, your Committee of General Chairpersons went to bat again to defend our collectively bargained rights. The Company’s utter contempt for the Collective Agreement and disdain for its employees was again painfully manifest with the invocation of a second wave of Off-Duty Status (ODS) commencing in January of this year, almost eight (8) months after the initial period of ODS transitioned to the lay-off, bumping and recall provisions of Article 16. Read Bulletin here…

District Bulletin 20 – AIR CANADA IAMAW LAY OFF MITIGATION PROGRAM (PENSION) MOA EXPLANATION DOCUMENT

With reference to DL140 Bulletin No. 019 – 2021, this document is written to more fully explain the options provided to our members under the terms of the April 9, 2021, Lay Off Mitigation Program (Pension) Memorandum of Agreement between the IAMAW and Air Canada.

Specifically, this Pension MOA provides our members with an option for either an additional “Temporary Pension” under Section II of the MOA or an “Unreduced Pension from 55/80” under Section III of the MOA.

This Pension MOA is applicable to all IAMAW members within all three (3) of the Air Canada IAMAW Clerical, Finance and TMOS bargaining units who are members of the legacy Air Canada Defined Benefit pension plan.  Read Bulletin here…

Financial Aid for Airlines on the Horizon: Air Canada Negotiates a Deal

“Announcement of an aid package for Air Canada brings relief to many workers in the aviation and air
transportation sectors and is a critical first step towards a recovery. Aid has been a long time coming,
and will stop the hemorrhaging in the entire Canadian industry, and related industries, such as
aerospace, in which we also have a stake.” remarked Stan Pickthall, Canadian General Vice President on
breaking news. Read Press Release here…

District Bulletin 18 – AIR TRANSAT/AIR CANADA TERMINATION OF ACQUISITION AGREEMENT

Air Canada and Air Transat have been in negotiations over the terms of an acquisition deal for nearly two years, which was approved by the Canadian government earlier this year. The deal was awaiting approval by the European Commission (EC), with the deadline of June 30th, 2021.
Shortly before making public statements, the International Association of Machinists Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) was advised that the two companies mutually agreed to terminate negotiations and not move forward with the acquisition. We later learned that Air Canada made concessions to meet EC’s requests, which ultimately were not enough for the deal to be approved. Read Bulletin here…

Air Canada purchase of Air Transat cancelled

April 2, 2021

Toronto, ON – Today’s announcement from Air Canada regarding the cancelation of the acquisition of Air Transat comes unexpectedly. From our understanding, the Company’s offer was not approved by the European Commission, making it clear that the acquisition will not go forward. Read Press Release here…

GVP Letter – Union Savings brochure

I am pleased to attach for your membership a copy of the Union Savings brochure, which outlines in
summary form the many savings that IAM members and their families can enjoy by virtue of their IAM
membership. These savings encompass many items that IAM households use in their daily living:
everything from travel discounts to entertainment and sporting events to household goods. Read Letter here…       Read Brochure here…

District Bulletin 14 – AIR CANADA – CLERICAL BARGAINING UNIT RE: ARBITRATION AWARD FOR MEMBERS DENIED THEIR BUMPING RIGHTS

A grievance was filed last year to address the Company’s egregious decision to deny Clerical members the right to bump while the Canadian Government had been supplying the Company with the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). The Company had taken it upon itself to invalidate members right to bump under the Clerical Collective Agreement because of the Covid-19 global pandemic and the fact they were paying CEWS to members laid-off. Read Bulletin here…

GVP March 11, 2021 Letter – World Health Organization.

Today marks exactly one year since the World Health Organization declared a worldwide pandemic.

This impact has been particularly devastating in the air transportation industry, where air travel both internationally and domestically has been drastically reduced. Air Canada has reported passenger levels that are less than 10% of just one year previously, and other air carriers such as Air Transat and Sunwing have been similarly affected. This has resulted in downstream impacts upon airport providers from ground services to wheelchairs to airport security screeners.  Read Letter here…