TO ALL IAMAW MEMBERS
AIR CANADA TMOS
CATEGORY 38 COMMON WORK ARBITRATION
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On February 17th, the Union proceeded with the grievance regarding Air Canada’s
elimination of Category 38 workers at “B” stations, before Arbitrator Corinn Bell.
The Union has been adamant from the beginning that the provisions of the Collective
Agreement that allow for common work (Article 4.02) does not allow for the elimination
of the work completely as it has been done presently in our “B” stations and severely
reducing our Category 38 workers in the “A” stations. The Company has taken the
position that this is all temporary although, all the work in the affected stations hasn’t
Based on the fact, the Company took this position in front of the Arbitrator and the fact
the current global economics do not reflect the reality of how operations will look like post
Covid-19, the Arbitrator has encouraged the parties to take a step back and review the
issue over the next little while. Arbitrator Bell stated that rendering a judgement in such
an extreme economic situation would not be beneficial to either parties. As such, the
Union has scheduled several meetings in the coming months with the Company to review
the work as operations eventually ramps up and affected members are recalled.
Grand Lodge Rep.