March 2020

GVP Pickthall's letter to Calin Rovinescu, CEO of Air Canada

March 31, 2020 Air Canada 7373 Côte Vertu West St. Laurent, QC H4S 1Z3 Attention: Calin Rovinescu, Chief Executive Officer Sent by email: calin.rovinescu@aircanada.ca   Dear Mr. Rovinescu: I am the General Vice President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, representing some 50,000 IAM members across the country, many thousands of whom are employees of Air Canada. I am writing to urge you to take advantage of

Canada Emergency Response Benefit- Things to Know

Over the last couple of weeks the federal government has made announcements about benefits available through the EI program for workers. Until recently, workers could access, in addition to regular benefits, the EI Sickness Benefit and the Emergency Care Benefit. These two programs have now been merged into the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be available April 6, 2020, and for 16 weeks all new

Stan Pickthall's Letter to Mr. Bernard Fishbein, Chair Ontario Labour Relations Board

March 30, 2020 Sent via email: bernard.fishbein@ontario.ca Mr. Bernard Fishbein, Chair Ontario Labour Relations Board 505 University Avenue, 2nd Floor Toronto, ON  M5G 2P1 Dear Mr. Fishbein: Re:        Contini Letter Dated March 25 (Certification Applications During COVID-19 Crisis)   I write to you on behalf of the members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Ontario and across Canada. We join the Ontario Federation of Labour and

COVID-19 Guidance for the Canadian Aviation Industry

Background The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is the lead Federal agency responsible for coordinating efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Transport Canada (TC) has collaborated with PHAC to provide the Canadian aviation industry with guidance to protect crew members when operating in areas with known or suspected community transmission of COVID-19. Refer to: travel.gc.ca for countries with a Travel Advisory of Level 2 or higher; and, World Health

Canada’s Unions deliver clear priorities for federal airline relief package

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2020 Press Release Canada’s Unions deliver clear priorities for federal airline relief package OTTAWA – Today, Canada’s airline unions met with the Minister of Finance and Minister of Transportation to share the concerns of aviation industry workers and to provide solutions to ensuring the sector’s viability. Chief among their priorities is to ensure that any federal financial aid package responds to the needs of workers

#PhysicalDistancing - Three tweets from Dr. Teresa Tam, The Chief Public Health Office

Dr. Teresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada is suggesting a more accurate term to use in these times of crisis. Words are important because they can also dictate our behaviour. 1/3 Ok Canada, you said it #PhysicalDistancing is the new #SocialDistancing! We need to ↑ physical distance but NOT ↓ our virtual social interactions. Therefore, going forward I will be using #PhysicalDistancing. #COVID19 #TogetherApart 2/3 Practice #PhysicalDistancing

Letter to Bill Morneau and Marc Garneau from Hassan Yussuff, CLC President

Le français suivra March 23, 2020 File: 20403-F01/T01 The Honourable Bill Morneau, P.C., M.P. Minister of Finance House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 By email: bill.morneau@parl.gc.ca The Honourable Marc Garneau, P.C., M.P. Minister of Transport House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 By email: marc.garneau@parl.gc.ca Dear Ministers: We write to you on behalf of over 50,000 airline employees in Canada. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is taking an extraordinary

IAM Suspends Programming at Winpisinger Center Through End of 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on our economy, our employers and our membership. For many reasons, including the uncertain nature of when it will be safe for members and staff to travel and gather in groups, the Executive Council has made the decision to close the Winpisinger Education and Technology Center for the rest of 2020, effective Monday, April 6. If you are enrolled to attend a program