November 1, 2022 at 10:00 AM
A Case Management Teleconference (CMT) meeting was conducted on October 26 before a panel at the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB). Present at the meeting were legal counsel for SkyLink Express, legal counsel for Unifor, as well as Bruce Snow, Unifor Assistant to the National Officers.
Upon conclusion of the meeting, the CIRB advised that a hearing will be required to make a final determination in SkyLink’s application for the Maintenance of Activities Agreement. All final submissions are due from both Unifor and SkyLink Express no later than November 4, 2022.
Once submissions are received, the CIRB has advised that the parties are required to meet for an in-person hearing in Toronto either later this year, or early 2023.
SkyLink Express continues to push its agenda that 90% of Pilots would be required to remain working in the event of a withdrawal of labour or a lock out. Until this matter is resolved by either the parties agreeing to terms, or the CIRB issuing a ruling, negotiations between Unifor and SkyLink Express will remain at a standstill. It is most unfortunate that SkyLink Express wishes to stall talks by repeatedly pushing their assertion that the business model - under which they operate - provides no options with respect to delivery of certain products (i.e. COVID-19 vaccines).
The outcome of the Maintenance of Activities Agreement is extremely important in determining our negotiations strength. Unifor’s legal department is working diligently to ensure the best possible case is brought forward to the Canada Industrial Relations Board.
Your continued patience and solidarity is imperative as this issue continues.
Your Unifor Bargaining Committee
Andrew Henry, Bargaining Committee Member
Denise Cochrane, Assistant to the Local 2002 President
Bruce Snow, Unifor Assistant to the National Officers
For more information, please contact: Denise Cochrane, Assistant to the Local 2002 President
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