April 10, 2023
Dear Air Canada AMEs and Skilled Trade Groups:
Last week, AMFA completed legal briefing in connection with its Air Canada certification application. In its final reply, AMFA addressed the extensive legal and factual errors contained within the IAMAW’s sur-reply. AMFA also offered corrections to the CIRB Industrial Relations Officer’s Letter of Understanding, which set out the positions of the respective parties. AMFA has now submitted nearly 800 pages of briefing in the course of the application process. It has made powerful arguments regarding the history of skilled labor at Air Canada, the non-viability of the current TMOS unit, and the appropriateness of a unit covering all Air Canada skill maintenance employees.
Based on its experience organizing skilled maintenance employees at L3 Harris MAS and WestJet, AMFA expects a final Board decision in approximately two months. The CIRB’s Officers have stated that AMFA’s application represents a case of national importance. AMFA anticipates that, after proper review, the Board will recognize that a skilled trade-based unit at Air Canada will best serve the interests of Canadian labour stability.