Collective Bargaining Highlights


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COLLECTIVE BARGAINING HIGHLIGHTS
CAW LOCAL 2213

Local 2213 and Air Canada entered into bargaining at Air Canada's request. Had we not entered into this process, Air Canada could have advised the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) that, for labour relations purposes, Air Canada and Canadian Airlines were now one company. This would have the effect of forcing a complete merger for labour relations purposes. It was apparent to the Bargaining Committee that Air Canada would probably be successful with this type of application.

Our choice was to use Air Canada's request as an opportunity to bargain additional benefits and protection for our membership at Local 2213. None of these would have been available had the Company made an application to the CIRB.

Listed below are the results of our efforts.

EMPLOYMENT SECURITY
No member can be laid off from their base or involuntarily relocated from their base until March 27, 2004. The provisions of MOU No. 6 will apply to the Saint John Call Centre.

TERM EXTENSION
Two year extension of the collective agreement to March 27, 2004.

VOLUNTARY SEPARATION
Incentive for union members to resign or retire - up to 54 weeks compensation. Members can choose from 5 VSP payment options. Buy out directed at all members and not work place specific.

WAGES
2.5% effective March 31, 2002

2.5% effective March 31, 2003

In addition if the Consumer Price Index (CPI) exceeds more than 3.5%, the Union can initiate negotiations for additional wages.

SENIORITY
Two separate seniority lists will be maintained and administered. This process will not be detrimental to the interests of either the employees of Air Canada or the Canadian Airlines employees. In the event either Local Union has just cause to believe that the process is working to the detriment of its members, it will first discuss the matter with the other Local Union and the National Union. Failing resolution, the issue of integration of the seniority lists may be referred to an arbitrator. Such reference will require the unanimous support of the Bargaining Committee of the referring party.

The selected arbitrator will conduct hearings in saint John, St. Johns, Halifax, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver to allow Union members to make presentations on the issue.

OTHER COMPENSATION
Customer Sales & Service Agents at Air Canada with a service date prior to March 25, 2000 who are represented by CAW-Canada Local 2213 and who are not retiring or terminating under the VSP, will receive the following:

Full-time employees - 100 Air Canada shares

Part-time employees - 50 Air Canada shares

and further effective March 31, 2002:

Full-time employees - 100 Air Canada shares

Part-time employees - 50 Air Canada shares

This extension of the collective agreement is recommended by your Bargaining committee.

  • Enzo DiIoia, Chairperson
  • Dave Fougere, Atlantic Region
  • Frances Galambosy, Central Region
  • Bill Guest, Western Region
  • Yvonne Davey, Pacific Region
  • Tom Freeman, President

    CAW Local 2213

LOCAL 2213

Message from the Bargaining Committee Chairperson

In the bulletin dated March 20, 2000, the Bargaining Committee listed its bargaining priorities. They were:

  • job security for our members
  • ensure members' rights to transfer and change status are protected
  • bargain something extra for Air Canada employees
  • improve on current severance packages being offered
  • ensure that Local 2213 members' seniority rights are protected.

I am pleased to announce that we have made significant gains in all of the areas listed.

This was a very difficult round of bargaining. The industry restructuring left the Committee with two choices: let the Company or the Canada Industrial Relations Board decide how our work lives would be restructured or attempt to negotiate an agreement that would make the restructuring process as painless as possible for all of our members. We chose to bargain and the results of our efforts are contained in this bulletin.

I would like to take the opportunity to reassure everyone that the Bargaining Committee heard all of the membership's concerns and that we fought hard to best represent them at the bargaining table.

Air Canada employees did not choose to be thrown into this restructuring mess, however, the reality remains: Air Canada is integrating its operation with Canadian Airlines. Our work lives will be changing significantly. What your Bargaining Committee set out to ensure was that our members not bear the entire weight of the restructuring process on their shoulders.

We have accomplished what we set out to do. We have lost nothing while making significant gains for our membership. I am whole-heartedly recommending ratification of the Memorandum of Understanding as the best deal for our members.

In Solidarity,

Enzo DiIoia

Chairperson
CAW/AC Bargaining Committee

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

This round of bargaining has certainly been a new experience for all those involved. It is difficult enough reaching an agreement when there are two parties at the table, so you can imagine how much harder it was trying to bargain with three parties involved.

The time has come to create stability in our industry. The uncertainty has gone on far too long and it is time for us to get on with life.

We have bargained job security for our members until March 27, 2004 as well as severance packages, wage increases, a bonus for Air Canada members as well as ensuring our members' seniority rights are protected.

I would like to congratulate your Air Canada Bargaining Committee for negotiating a transition that will be the least stressful for our members. I join the Committee in recommending ratification of the Memorandum of Understanding.

In Solidarity,

TOM FREEMAN

President

Effective March 31, 2002
Period Hourly
Equivalent
Weekly
Rate
Monthly
Equivalent
1st 26 week period $10.74 $429.46 $1,867.38
2nd 26 week period $12.37 $494.63 $2,150.75
3rd 26 week period $13.97 $558.76 $2,429.60
4th 26 week period $14.98 $599.32 $2,605.96
5th 26 week period $16.09 $643.73 $2,799.07
6th 26 week period $17.28 $691.00 $3,004.61
7th 26 week period $18.54 $741.65 $3,224.84
8th 26 week period $19.91 $796.28 $3,462.38
9th 26 week period $21.37 $854.79 $3,716.80
10th 26 week period $23.51 $940.25 $4,088.40
Effective March 30, 2003
Period Hourly
Equivalent
Weekly
Rate
Monthly
Equivalent
1st 26 week period $11.01 $440.20 $1,914.08
2nd 26 week period $12.68 $507.00 $2,204.54
3rd 26 week period $14.32 $572.73 $2,490.34
4th 26 week period $15.36 $614.30 $2,671.10
5th 26 week period $16.50 $659.82 $2,869.03
6th 26 week period $17.71 $708.28 $3,079.74
7th 26 week period $19.00 $760.19 $3,305.46
8th 26 week period $20.40 $816.19 $3,548.96
9th 26 week period $21.90 $876.16 $3,809.72
10th 26 week period $24.09 $963.76 $4,190.62


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