Big Win for Air Transat Maintenance Workers as Union Ratifies "Industry Leading" New Labour Agreement

Air Transat and IAMAW Ratify Agreement
IAMAW Negotiating Committee

Members of IAMAW (International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers) in Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Quebec City, Calgary and Vancouver have ratified a new multi-year agreement with Air Transat.

The IAMAW is the largest union in Canada representing maintenance and airline service providers.

According to a release by the union, its members voted overwhelmingly to accept the new tentative agreement, which is effective immediately - and involved no concessions by the union.

“The agreement is the first of its kind with substantial wage increases and cost-of-living increases. Many of the increases and enhancements are over and above those prescribed in the labour code,” said Lou Pagrach, Grand Lodge Representative.

“We were able to negotiate a great deal,” said Peter Tsoukalas, General Chairperson for IAM Transportation District 140. “Although it was a long process, it was an agreement the members simply couldn’t turn down. We’re very proud of this deal.”

Highlights of the newly-ratified agreement include:
• A 5-year cost-of-living increase with major wage increases
• Wage increases from 4 per cent to 23 per cent at the date of signing
• Consumer Price Index protection for the length of the contract
• 30 per cent increases in shift premiums
• With the addition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, members now have 11 paid statutory holidays.
• Top-rate AMEs will now receive more than $50 per hour
• Up to extra 2 days of vacation depending on length of service
• Shift premium, Lead Hand premiums, Stores Certification Premiums, Structures Certification Premiums, Missed Rest Compensation Premiums, and Per Diem rates were all improved.

For more information, please visit IAMAW

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