The IAM Transportation District 140 has issued Bulletin # 31, in both official languages, that speaks to the current status of lay-offs and the bumping process with the indication that the first round of lay-off notices and ensuing bumping is now complete. Please read the following bulletin:
Bulletin No. 031_EN
Bulletin No. 031_FR
Transportation District 140 has issued Bulletin 27 which speaks to the Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP) and the benefits allowed for while on the various Government benefit programs. The bulletin is available here in English and French;
Bulletin No. 027_EN
Bulletin No. 027_FR
It is understood that a lot of IAM members are concerned about the current situation surrounding the Covid-19 virus and the IAM Transportation District 140 has put forth a bulletin that hopefully will address some of the more common questions. In English and French here is
Bulletin # 22:
Bulletin No. 022_EN
Bulletin No. 022_FR
The why, where and how-to of applying for the CERB all contained in the following Power-Point presentation:
Canada EMERGENCY Response Benefit
It will come as no surprise to anyone that this announcement is being made, but officially the upcoming breakfast meetings for April and May have been canceled. Once restrictions on social gatherings have been lifted a notice will be posted here as to future meetings. Until then please continue to practice good social distancing measures, stay home, stay safe and remember that help is only a phone call away.
Given the confusion over the application process, and members selecting the option “natural disaster” and “group termination” please tell your members that when applying for EI they are not to select the “natural disaster” nor “group termination” option as they’ll be asked for a 16 digit code, which is not being provided. See the email below from Service Canada about why that reference code will not be issued.
Members will only need to use A00 (A zero zero). A few members have done it this way and have not had issues applying.
Compte tenu de la confusion entourant le processus de demande, et les membres qui choisissent l’option « catastrophe naturelle » et « cessation d’emploi de groupe », veuillez dire à vos membres qu’ils ne doivent pas sélectionner « catastrophe naturelle » ni « cessation d’emploi de groupe » option, car on leur demandera un code à 16 chiffres, qui n’est pas fourni. Voir le courriel ci-dessous de Service Canada expliquant pourquoi ce code de référence ne sera pas émis.
Les membres n’auront qu’à utiliser A00 (A zero zero) . Quelques membres l’ont fait de cette façon et n’ont pas eu de problèmes à présenter une demande.
IAMAW.CA has put together a resource page for all things Covid-19. Contained within this page are references for staying safe, updates from Health Canada, applying for EI and a host of other great topics for consideration. Here is the link to the page and understand that the information will change and be updated on a fairly regular basis. http://www.iamaw.ca/covid-19-news/
Many of us are finding ourselves in unchartered territory as it relates to the current Covid-19 situation. Some of you, unfortunately, will have suffered wage reduction or loss. Some may have had to book off sick or take a leave of absence to deal with child care concerns. What follows is a brief outline from the IAM with a guideline of what you might need to consider as we go forward in this dark time. Stay safe everyone and remember, help is just one phone call away.
Financial Tips and Resources
Conseils et ressources financieres
With the concern of loss of employment in all sectors of our world, including the airlines, the leaders of several organizations in Canada, including the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have submitted a letter of concern to the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Transport. The full length of the letter can be found here:
Applying for and receiving EI benefits can be a challenging task under normal circumstances. With the current health concerns and the large numbers of laid-off and sick employees applying Canada wide, there has been a strain put on the system. The IAM has produced an information package that will give you the necessary information as to how to proceed in an organized fashion. The details can be found here:
EI Package March 2020_EN