AIR CANADA NATIONAL GRIEVANCE VACCINE POLICY BULLETIN #028

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Further to Bulletin No. 022 dated June 1st, the National Vaccine Policy grievance hearing commenced on July 19th, in front of Arbitrator Vince Ready. Both parties were represented by their respective legal counsel and the Committee of General Chairpersons was in attendance.
As this is a complex and multi-faceted issue, much of the first day was spent in mediation and dealing with preliminary objections. Please be advised that by direction of the Arbitrator these mediation discussions are strictly confidential.

IFA Starting Wage Increase Winnipeg Finance

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Earlier today, Air Canada informed the Union that, given the difficulty in hiring and retaining new staff in the Winnipeg Finance Branch, as per Article 5.02 of the CBA, they will be increasing the starting wage of new hires and current employees who are below step 5 to step 5 of the 2022 IFA wage scale. Please see below excerpt from the CBA.

5.02 The Company, at its discretion, may commence a newly hired permanent or temporary-term employee at any published rate within the wage scale of the classification into which the employee was hired, but not in excess of the maximum published rate of the classification.

As we are in agreement with members receiving higher wages, this will only impact members currently below a step 5 and new hires. This move will not impact any other current members financially; however, we are hopeful that this will help the company attract and hire new members and finally start to ease the workloads for all members. This was the sole decision of company to make this call, we have no control over this decision. Recent benchmarking against other companies in the Winnipeg area showed that Air Canada’s starting wages are no longer competitive. While we understand not everyone will be in agreement with this move by the company, the Collective Agreement does allow for it. Rest assured your Union will be seeking competitive wage increases across the board when the contract expires in 2026.

In Solidarity,

Jordan Strang
Shop Committee Chairperson

IAMAW LL2603

Stefanson Government Introduces Bill To Raise Minimum Wage

Dear Sisters, Brothers, and Friends,

For months now, Manitoba’s unions have been raising the embarrassing fact that Manitoba is set to have the lowest minimum wage in the country this year.

After refusing to do anything about this, today the Stefanson government scrambled to introduce a bill that would allow the government to make a one-off increase to Manitoba’s minimum wage in light of skyrocketing inflation. The bill doesn’t specify how much the increase will be, only that it will be more than the 40 cent increase government announced just a few weeks ago, to take effect October 1.

The government has also now committed to some sort of consultation prior to setting the rate of the additional minimum wage increase this year, and we need to make it clear that anything less than a living wage is unacceptable.

Attached you’ll find a short position paper we’ve drafted on Bill 44 – The Employment Standards Code Amendment Act (Minimum Wage), which we’re asking to have read into the official record in the Legislature tomorrow. If affiliates are interested in submitting supporting messages in favour of a living wage for the official record, please let us know – the more voices, the better!

In Solidarity,

Kevin Rebeck
President of the Manitoba Federation of Labour
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Financial Aid for Airlines on the Horizon: Air Canada Negotiates a Deal

April 12, 2021 “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, …
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