Covid-19 virus and pending Air Canada off-duty status update

The current situation surrounding the Covid-19 virus has impacted almost every facet of our day to day life.  Unfortunately, this has also impacted the airline industry with a large reduction of capacity and with this will certainly follow with lay-offs of airline personnel.  The IAMAW has issued a bulletin that addresses what is likely to happen within the TMOS ranks.  View the info, in English or French below:

Bulletin No. 010_EN

Bulletin No. 010_FR

Air Canada retirement health benefits

Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Air Canada is asking eligible retirees whether they will give up their life insurance and health benefits, both of which were guaranteed for life, for a one time cash payment for life insurance, and a health care spending account of $450 yearly for the retiree, and another $450 for eligible dependents for a total maximum of $900 for health benefits. The decision whether to take the Voluntary Buyout Program is a personal one, and we cannot make a recommendation about what to do. However, we suggest that our members consider the
following when making the decision:

Bulletin041_EN