Attention Local Lodge 2323 Members YYZ Cargo -Subcontract Arbitration Update

November 05, 2019

Attention Local Lodge 2323 Members YYZ Cargo
-Subcontract Arbitration Update

After the first day of the Cargo Subcontract grievance arbitration hearing in early October,
we reported that our Union lawyer Ian Roland had requested disclosure of certain
documents in order to verify the company assertions and clarify the issue to the arbitrator.
Our lawyer further sought and was granted an order from the arbitrator to compel the
company to cooperate and provide these requested documents.

Since that time the company has not complied, nor have they began the expected reutilization
of the Cargo 1 Cool Storage facilities to the extent we had been led to believe
at the hearing. Members have informed us that certain Cargo managers have told them
that Cool Chain work will not be brought back in-house as promised by Air Canada at the
hearing. We have identified the managers and requested clarification from their superiors.
They are either acting rogue, or simply communicating the true intentions of Cargo

In response, our lawyer has written a letter to Air Canada’s counsel and copied the
arbitrator. In this letter he advises that he intends to escalate the matter to Federal Court,
on our behalf, if the company does not comply by November 6. In doing so, he will convert
the Arbitrator’s order into an order of the court. This will allow him to utilize the courts to
ensure compliance, or the company could be found in contempt. They may then face
significant penalties and consequences should they continue to remain in violation.
At the first day of the arbitration hearing, the company indicated that they are looking to
secure additional building capacity at or near Pearson Airport. We will fully support these
acquisitions, as any additional facilities will be staffed by our members and not a
subcontractor’s employees.

It is unfortunate that the company’s actions force us to take such measures in order to
seek compliance with our Collective Agreement to protect our members’ futures. Once
we have the requested letters and documents, we will be in a better position to advance
our case that the company is in breach of its contractual obligations, and seek both
damages and an enforceable schedule to repatriate all of our work.

We thank you for your patience and support and will continue to keep you informed as
the matter unfolds.

Dave Flowers
President L.L. 2323

Paul Lefebvre
General Chairperson D.L. 140

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