District 140 Bulletin #18 : TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE IAMAW WORKING FOR AVEOS – MAINTENANCE AND CLERICAL Arbitration Hearing

TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE IAMAW
WORKING FOR AVEOS –
MAINTENANCE AND CLERICAL

Arbitration Hearing

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

An arbitration hearing was held in Toronto on February 15, 2012, to address the following matters before chief arbitrator Martin Teplitsky:

1) Transition MOA Schedule 1 Travel Privileges: Category 2 employees growing into full Category 1 privileges, including OAL and Survivor benefits, when reaching a retirement milestone.

This matter was scheduled to be heard at the February 15th hearing. However, Air Canada approached the Union on February 14 seeking to resolve this matter as per the Union’s requested settlement. As such, the parties are in the process of scheduling a meeting to finalize this matter. If this matter is not resolved between the parties, arbitrator Teplitsky will convene a hearing on short notice, as both parties have already submitted their positions to him.

2) Disqualifying members for above-basic positions due to non-culpable absenteeism due to illness.

Although Aveos agreed to settle many of these cases prior to the hearings, several cases required to be arbitrated. Arbitrator Teplitsky ruled in favour of the grievors with bona fide illnesses. As such, these members will be awarded the above-basic positions they bid for.

3) Offering Level 2 & Level 3 pay to category 33 employees requesting a transfer to Stockkeeper and Tool Issuer positions while hiring off the street at a higher rate of pay.

Arbitrator Teplitsky ordered that this matter be heard at an evidentiary hearing and issued a ceaseand-

desist order on street hiring.

4) Denying internal Category 9 secondary consideration transfers to fill category 9 vacancies at the Vancouver base and hiring off the street, thereby disadvantaging members working in Montreal.

Arbitrator Teplitsky ordered that this matter be heard at an evidentiary hearing and issued a ceaseand- desist order on street hiring.

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5) Announcement of layoffs at all Aveos bases.

In light of the outsourcing that has been occurring, the union challenged Aveos’s ability to layoff any of our members at this time. In addition, the issues of centralizing work and eliminating categories were also addressed.

Arbitrator Teplitsky stated that he could not understand how, months earlier, both companies (Air Canada and Aveos) were before him stating that they did not have enough manpower to accomplish the heavy airframe checks and now they were laying people off. This, combined with the outsourcing of engines and APUs and maintenance work that needs to be done on ERJ landing gear, led him to believe that the union and the companies had issues they needed to work out. Therefore, in his decision, arbitrator Teplitsky referred this matter to a Gantt committee meeting. The parties have tentatively scheduled to meet on February 28 and 29 in Montreal. Your union leaders will make every effort forward to protect all IAMAW/Aveos jobs.

If the Gantt committee is unable to reach an acceptable solution, the matter will be arbitrated before arbitrator Teplitsky prior to the company’s alleged layoff date of March 5, 2012.

The IAMAW leadership appreciates your continued support. If you have any questions regarding

these matters, please contact your union representative.

In solidarity,

Fred Hospes
Regional Assistant Directing
General Chairperson, Western Region,
and Aveos Contact

Tony Didoshak
General Chairperson, Western Region

BULLETIN NO. 018 – ISSUED FEBRUARY 17, 2012
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