TO ALL IAMAW MEMBERS
AIR CANADA TECH – OPS
CATEGORY 38 GRIEVANCES
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Many Members around the country have requested updates regarding the Category 38
related grievances flowing from ODS and lay-off.
As a quick background, two (2) grievances were filed on April 24, 2020 and July 6, 2020
respectively. Both grievances seek to remedy the Company’s decision to lay off all CAT38’s
from the “B” and “C” stations, among other things. The General Chairpersons representing
Members at Air Canada have been putting heavy pressure on Labour Relations to advance
these grievances to arbitration immediately.
Unfortunately, the Company has chosen to escalate these grievances to a full evidentiary
hearing process outside of the expedited process normally used to resolve disputes. Although
this option is open to both parties as per Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) No. 15 of the
current Collective Agreement, the Union views this move by the employer as little more than a
Representatives from District Lodge 140 have been engaged in discussions with Labour
Relations as recently as September 10, 2020. Your Union strenuously argued that these
important grievances cannot wait any longer and Air Canada must stop speciously delaying
We are awaiting their response and will be providing updates accordingly.
Grand Lodge Representative