VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - March 17, 2014) - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) says United Airlines is attempting an "End Run" around the Canada Labour Code in its decision to outsource work at its Vancouver and Calgary operations currently performed by IAM members.
"Under the code, the employer must give 16 weeks' notice and United has not stated clearly why they are unable to do so," said an angry IAM District Lodge 140 President and Directing General Chairperson Fred Hospes. "They are trying an 'end run' around the code by asking the Minister of Labour for a waiver to shorten the 16 week time period in order to meet their objective of outsourcing the work without any meaningful discussions with the IAM."
United announced February 20, 2014 it would outsource both ticket agents and ground handling personnel - 85 members of IAM Local Lodge 764 in Vancouver and 58 members of IAM Local Lodge 2734 in Calgary.
"The IAM provided the employer with a proposal on March 4, 2014 to maintain the work which the employer is contemplating to outsource in-house within the bargaining unit," explained Hospes. "Any waivers granted to the employer would prejudice the IAM during these discussions. No foreign airline that attempts to circumvent our laws, violate our rights to bargain and contract out our jobs should be allowed to operate here."