IAMAW Press Release: Turbulence Ahead for Canadian Airline Fueling

Turbulence Ahead for Canadian Airline Fueling

Machinists File for Common Employer Status to Preserve Jobs

Thursday December 4, 2014

For Immediate Release

Toronto, ON – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers – IAM, has filed for Common Employer Status with the Canada Industrial Relations Board.

“We are being proactive and getting in front of this pending problem,” said IAM Transportation District 140 President and General Chairperson Fred Hospes. The Airline Consortium into plane ramp fueling and tank farm Operator agreements at airports in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and other East Coast airports expire in March 2015. “The fueling employers and other competitors have indicated that the Operator Agreements will be sent out for RFP (Request for Proposals) later this year,” explained Hospes.

“We filed a Common Employer Status a decade ago and this was addressed by having all concerned parties sign a lengthy Stability Agreement which prevented the consortium from gutting our members’ wages by tendering out the work to a new service provider at entry level starting rates.” If during the Stability Agreement, a new provider was awarded a fueling contract, the Stability Agreement would apply to the new provider much like successor rights. “Without the protection of a Stability Agreement, our fueling members in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and other East Coast airports become vulnerable to the evils of the RFP tendering process,” said Hospes.

With the Stability Agreement having expired in November 2013 and the Operator Agreements expiring in March 2015 and a very real threat of the Airline Consortium attempting to tender out fueling work performed by our members, the IAM application for Common Employer Status was done in the best interest of its members.
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For further information:
Fred Hospes – IAM Transportation District 140 President and Directing General Chairperson
604-448-0721/778-829-8140

Mike Corrado – IAM Transportation District 140 General Chairperson 905-671-3192/416-407-6535

Bill Trbovich – IAM Director of Communications 416-386-1789 Ext #6331/416-735-9765

 

A message from the President of lAM Transportation District 140-Fred Hospes

Turbulence Ahead for Airline Fueling Machinists File for Common Employer Status Again!
Toronto, ON – The IAM has filed for common employer status with the Canada Industrial Labour Relations Board in an effort to preserve jobs in the airline fueling industry.

Certain Airline Consortium into-plane and tank farm Operators Agreements in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and other east coast airports will expire commencing March 2015. The fueling employers and other competitors have indicated that the Operator Agreements will be sent out for RFP later this year. There is a possibility that the Airline Consortium will attempt to bring in two or three other fueling providers which would throw our membership into turmoil. Rather than react after this has occurred, the IAM chose to be proactive in its efforts to preserve the jobs of our members and has taken the action to file for common employer status this week.

The IAM filed another Common Employer Application a decade ago which was addressed by having the parties (Fuel Consortiums, Air Canada, Consolidated Aviation and others) sign a lengthy Stability Agreement that expired in November of 2013. This “Stability Agreement” prevented the airlines from gutting our members’ wages by tendering out the work to a new service provider at entry level starting rates. If, during the “Stability Period”, a new provider was awarded a fueling contract, the Stability Agreement would apply to the new provider, much like successor rights.

Unfortunately, successor rights generally do not apply to most of the Service Groups when companies issue RFP’s or tender out contracts. Without the protection of a “Stability Agreement”, our fueling members in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and other East Coast Airports become susceptible to the evils of the RFP/tendering process. Due to the fact that the Stability Agreement has expired, certain Operators Agreements begin expiring as of March of 2015, and the threat that the Airline Consortium may attempt to tender out fueling work currently performed by our members, District Lodge 140 has retained legal counsel to represent us with this matter. District Lodge 140 will update its members as this process progresses.

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IAMAW Press Release: Turbulence Ahead for Canadian Airline Fueling

A message from the President of lAM Transportation District 140-Fred Hospes

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