OTTAWA – Today, the Senate passed Bill C-10 in third reading, after minimal debate by senators. The bill, an Act to Amend the Air Canada Public Participation Act, was passed after two days of hearings in the Senate Standing committee of Transport and Communications in which IAM representatives, as well as those from Air Canada and the aerospace industry gave testimony.
Senate misses opportunity to protect workers’ rights in Bill C-10
The IAM is extremely disappointed in the results of the Senate decision as part of committee stage of Bill C-10, an Act to Amend the Air Canada Public Participation Act. The Standing committee of Transport and Communications discussed the bill without accepting any of the amendments put forward by the IAM.
Ottawa, On – An IAM delegation to the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications today offered amendments to Bill C-10 – The Air Canada Public Participation Act – that would ensure the survival and growth of the aircraft Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) industry. The IAM is asking the Senate to send the amended Bill back to the House of Commons for reconsideration.
On June 25, 2014, a review of the Canada Transportation Act was started by Federal Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt who then appointed David Emerson as chair of the committee. Mr. Emerson is a business executive and all of his advisors were from business and industry.
Ottawa, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 2413 have ratified a new collective agreement with Swissport (formerly Servisair) by a margin of 83 per cent.
“We were able to preserve the main part or middle part of the wage scale while increasing the starting rate for ramp agents by close to 9 per cent and the top rate of the scale by 3 per cent per year,” explained IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Mike Corrado.
Mississauga, ON – Members of IAM Local Lodge 1922 have ratified a new four-year collective agreement with Filamat Composites Inc.
The agreement provides wage increases of $ .65 per hour across the board in the first year, 1.75 per cent in the second year, $ .50 per hour in the third year and 2 per cent in the fourth year. Other agreement highlights include:
Montréal, QC – “Air Canada can find competitive aircraft Maintenance Repair and Overhaul facilities in Canada if it would only look,” said IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 President and Directing General Chairperson Fred Hospes. “Air Wisconsin just signed an exclusive contract with Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions on Montréal as the engine MRO provider for its Bombardier CRJ200 fleet. This is the same aircraft used by Air Canada Jazz.”
Toronto, ON – One of the highlights of the Canadian Staff Conference held June 1-4, 2016 in Toronto were the service awards given to members of the IAM Canadian staff. This year 52 members of staff representing more than 1,450 years of service to the IAM were honoured. The pins and certificates were presented by IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall.
Recipients for 15 years of service included Frank Saptel, Gord Falconer, Sam Jabbar and Andrew Tricker;
North Vancouver, BC - What began as a discussion over coffee at a Chrysler Training School between union and non-union mechanics has resulted in an organizing victory and 25 new members for IAM Local Lodge 1857.