To IAMAW Local Lodge 712 members in the Bombardier unit

April 28th, 2020 Information Newsletter

Brothers, sisters,

Bombardier announced that it will submit its application to the federal government in order to benefit from Canada’s Emergency Wage Subsidy Program (CEWS). This would entitle you to an income of $847 per week. To oversee the application of the CEWS, we have entered into an agreement with the employer.

On Friday, April 17th, we released a newsletter explaining that Bombardier did not qualify for the CEWS for the period from March 15th to April 11th. That remains the case.

In this newsletter, we also highlighted the employer’s lack of cooperation. However, since then, there have been several constructive exchanges between Bombardier and the Machinists’ Union.  

We would also like to note the positive involvement of the new president, Éric Martel, who has been in office since April 6th.

Preventive measures: COVID-19

Last week, our Local Lodge 712 representatives visited the facilities of 500 Côte-Vertu and 1800 Marcel-Laurin. These visits demonstrated a marked improvement in the application of the physical distance measures required by Quebec public health. Handling the situation seriously is a step in the right direction in preparation for a possible return to work. While we believe that we can always do better, the measures that have been put in place are effective. They show a willingness to improve on Bombardier’s part. In fact, in terms of improvements to be made, they will be done in collaboration with the union. This mandate will be the responsibility of the Joint Health and Safety Committee, which will have to take your suggestions on a daily basis in order to continuously improve prevention measures.

Points to remember from the agreement signed for the application of the CEWS:

  • The agreement covers the period from April 12th to June 6th, 2020, retroactively.
  • It cancels layoffs that have occurred from the 12th April 2020;
  • Provides a salary of $847 per week less the applicable deductions to those who are at home;
  • You Maintain your full group insurance and a pro-rated contribution to your pension fund.
  • For those who are at home, note that it is retroactive from April 12th, 2020.
  • If you have received payments from the CERB ($2,000 per month), you will need to take the necessary steps to repay the amounts received. The reason is that there cannot be two sources of revenue from a government program for the same period. In addition, the CEWS is more generous than the CERB.
  • Regarding the possible return to work, this can be done on a voluntary basis, applying the same principle as voluntary layoffs provided in the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Since there is no longer a status of workers on layoffs until June 6th, should there be layoffs beyond that date, section 12.4.2 of the current collective agreement will apply.

Indefinite layoff and recalls of workers

In recent days, many of you have been advised by Bombardier’s human resources that you are currently on indefinite layoff. However, because the agreement we negotiated with Bombardier applies to everyone at home, no one will be laid off until June 6th, 2020. For those who are at work, the existing collective agreement applies.

In the agreement, there is no reference to the summer shutdown period, so it will apply as stipulated in the existing collective agreement.

Many of you have contacted us about recalls of workers by the employer which does not respect seniority by classification. This is indeed the case for some members. The Grievance Office analyzes seniority lists and grievances will be filed to claim full employment for those whose seniority should have allowed them to return to work.

This COVID 19 crisis is exceptional. We must constantly adjust and pay particular attention to each of the announcements made by both levels of government. In this challenging environment, our priority is to ensure the health and safety of all IAMAW members while maintaining maximum benefits and excellent working conditions.

As there are currently few of us in the workplace, we focus on communications through our Facebook page and the Local Lodge 712 website ( We will also send e-mails to members.

To access the latest information, The Local Lodge must have a valid email address. If you do not receive our communications by e-mail, please go to our website and register to receive the newsletter.

To view the agreement, click HERE

Finally, as soon as we have new information or developments, we will contact you promptly.

In solidarity,

Yvon Paiement                                                                   Éric Rancourt

Président                                                                            Agent d’affaires

AIMTA 712                                                                         District 11-AIMTA