Machinists file “Unfair Labour Practice” against Air Canada

Machinists file “Unfair Labour Practice” against Air Canada

Friday October 14, 2016
For Immediate Release

Toronto, ON – “Air Canada must come clean on the issue of an increased cap on pensionable
earnings for our members,” demanded IAM Transportation District 140 President and Directing
General Chairperson Fred Hospes.

Hospes was referring to documents filed late this afternoon against Air Canada with the Canada
Industrial Relations Board, charging the airline with bad faith bargaining. “Information has come
to our attention that makes us believe that Air Canada was not honest with our bargaining team
or the arbitrator concerning the health of the Air Canada Pension plan and the financial impact of
the requested pension cap increase,” explained Hospes.

During negotiations last year, the IAM asked for a $10,000 increase to the maximum cap on
pensionable earnings. The cap affects 1200 IAM members who are Aircraft Maintenance
Engineers at Air Canada. As it stands now, these members are the only employees at Air Canada
who can’t earn pension benefits on 100% of their regular wages and who will not see increased
pension benefits as a result of the wage increases bargained for them in the negotiations.

“Air Canada advised our bargaining team and the mediator that each $1000 increase would place
a funding burden on the plan of $5 million and a burden on Air Canada of $500,000 a year in
additional contributions and that this wasn’t affordable. However in 2016 they have turned
around and declared that the plan is 124% funded and that Air Canada is taking a contribution
holiday worth $47 million dollars from making any contributions to the plan for the whole of
2016. We have now concluded that fund can handle this request and the employer doesn’t have
to open their check book and that Air Canada must have known this in bargaining. As such we
have filed an unfair labour practice suit alleging that Air Canada mislead the Union and the
Arbitrator and bargained in bad faith”

The IAM is the largest union at Air Canada representing more than eight thousand members.

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For further information:
Fred Hospes – IAM Transportation District 140 President and Directing General Chairperson
604-446-0721/778-829-8140
Bill Trbovich – IAM Director of Communications
416-386-1789 Ext# 6331/416-735-9765

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