International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW)

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW)

May 20, 2005 10:24 ET

Air Canada Investment means jobs for Machinists

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Transportation Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 20, 2005) - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers welcomes the new maintenance jobs created by ACE Aviation's planned investment in the merged US Airways-America West carrier.

In return for Air Canada's $75 million U.S. investment, it obtains commitments for commercial agreements with the new merged carrier for all outsourced maintenance, repair and overhaul services for the merged carriers' combined fleet of 361 aircraft. The fleet includes Boeing 737, 757, and 767 and the Airbus A319, A320, A321 and A330, all of which Air Canada Technical Services has expertise in servicing.

"After what our members have gone through in the CCAA restructuring, we are naturally wary of any sizeable investment by the company but this looks very promising and comes as good news for those members who have been on layoff, said IAMAW District 140 Assistant Deputy Jim Coller. It means up to 700 jobs will be created in Air Canada maintenance service centres across the country. There will be some workers recalled from layoff in Montreal where up to 500 jobs will be created. The component shop will employ 350 workers with the remainder providing airframe overhauls. In Winnipeg 150 new jobs will be created plus the retention of 50 positions that were destined for layoff. The remaining new positions will be split between Calgary and Vancouver.

"What makes this investment so unique is that it does not violate any collective agreement with our American brothers," said Coller. "We will not be taking any jobs away from them. There's also the possibility of more engine maintenance work coming our way, so this is positive news anyway you look at it."

The IAMAW is Canada's largest air transport union with more than 10,000 members employed by Air Canada.

-30-

For further information: Jim Coller IAMAW DL 140 Assistant Deputy
514-869-6730
Bill Trbovich IAMAW Director of Communications
416-386-1789 ext 31/416-735-9765

/For further information: Jim Coller
IAMAW DL 140 Assistant Deputy/ IN: ECONOMY, LABOUR, MEDIA, TECHNOLOGY, TRANSPORT

Contact Information

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