With the growing concern of the Covid 19 virus the Federal Government has made it somewhat easier to claim EI sickness benefits. The following information is a guideline as to the process currently in play with respect to these benefits.
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:
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:
Air Canada and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have agreed to a re-look at the Collective Agreement under the above mentioned Appendix: the entire document of which is available for your viewing pleasure here: