September 06, 2007 17:06 ET

Air Canada breaks its promise to terminated workers

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor, Transportation Editor VANCOUVER,BC--(Marketwire - Sept. 6, 2007) - Thursday September 6, 2007

For Immediate Release

Vancouver, BC - "Air Canada has no intention of rebuilding its aircraft maintenance facility in Vancouver," said IAMAW District 140 Western Region General Chairperson Fred Hospes.

Hospes was referring to the promise Air Canada made to members of IAMAW Local Lodge 764 when it announced the termination of 867 aircraft heavy maintenance mechanics in April 2007. "At the time of the layoff notification, management said it would bring in smaller check and modification work in an effort to re-grow the base. But since the layoffs went into effect in June, Air Canada has been auctioning off the necessary equipment to do this work. They lied to our faces."

As a further slap in the face to the terminated workers, Air Canada was seeking additional hangar space at Mirabel Airport in Montreal to perform XM Modifications to 30 of its Airbus narrow-body aircraft. Following objections from IAMAW, Air Canada decided to perform this work at its Montreal Dorval facility. This will require an additional 140 employees to complete the work by the end of the year. Under terms of the Collective Agreement, the majority of employees that would be offered these positions are laid off in Vancouver.

"We have the qualified people in Vancouver who could use the work but they can't do it when the company is selling off the tools needed for the job," said an incensed Hospes.
"In my opinion, Air Canada intends to close the Vancouver Heavy Maintenance Facility in a two step process in an attempt to save $28 million by avoiding the language in our Collective Agreement regarding paid moves and severance pay," added Hospes. "We have served notice that we will be seeking damages on behalf of the affected members.


/For further information: Fred Hospes – IAMAW District 140 Western Region General Chairperson
Bill Trbovich – IAMAW Director of Communications
416-386-1789 ext 31/416-735-9765

Contact Information

  • Bill Trbovich, Director of Communications, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
    Primary Phone: 416-386-1789 ext. 31
    Secondary Phone: 416-735-9765
    E-mail: btrbovich@iamaw.org