Canada Labour Code Changes

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TO ALL IAMAW MEMBERS WORKING FOR FEDERALLY REGULATED EMPLOYERS

Recent Changes to the Canada Labour Code

This Bulletin is to highlight a few of the recent changes to Part III of the Canada Labour Code that may be of significance to some of our members in federally regulated workplaces.

Part III of the Canada Labour Code sets out minimum standards. That means that where your collective agreement already provides more favourable benefits, those benefits remain in place and the Code’s provisions do not apply. However, recent changes may give new rights to some of our members working under collective agreement provisions that were put in place before the new rights became law.

Some highlights of the recent amendments are as follows:

Limited right to refuse overtime

The Code now provides for a limited right to refuse overtime to carry out family responsibilities related to the health, education or provision of care to family members. Labour Canada has indicated by way of example that a “family responsibility” relating to education might include attending a parent-child interview at school, but would not include attending a school concert.

The right applies only where the employee has taken reasonable steps to carry out their family responsibility by other means, so as to enable them to work overtime.

There are also some exceptions to this right where the overtime need was unforeseeable and is necessary to avoid a threat to property, life or serious interference with the operation.

Increased Vacation Entitlements

The Code now provides for:

  •   2 weeks vacation after 1 year of service
  •   3 weeks vacation after 5 years of service
  •   4 weeks vacation after 10 years of service
    Before these amendments, the minimum vacation time was capped at 3 weeks after 6 years. New Rights to Take Leaves of Absence

 Leave for Victims of Family Violence – up to 10 days. For employees with more than 3 months service the first five days are paid.page1image43996608 page1image43981568page1image43981376 page1image43982336 page1image43981184page1image41704976

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TO ALL IAMAW MEMBERS GENERAL CHAIRPERSON ELECTION – ATLANTIC PROVINCES AT LARGE DESIGNATED POSITION *LL1763 RE-RUN ELECTION* – MARCH 11, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Grand Lodge International President, Brother Robert Martinez, has confirmed by letter dated December 16, 2019 that ONLY Local Lodge 1763 will be required to “RE-RUN” the election which was previously held on November 13, 2019 for the General Chairperson Atlantic Region AT Large
Designated Position. The results from Local Lodges 927 and 2797 will stand.

Further to Transportation District 140 Bylaws, Article 11.01.06:

“There shall be one (1) designated General Chairperson for the Atlantic Provinces who shall be nominated by and elected AT Large by only those members who are employed in and whoseLocal Lodge is located in the Atlantic Provinces. Members represented by the designated
Atlantic Canada General Chairperson shall not be eligible to vote for either the designated Service or the designated Air Canada General Chairpersons in the Eastern Region. They are eligible to vote for all Eastern Region AT Large General Chairpersons.”


Local Lodge 1763 will hold a re-run election on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 for the General Chairperson Atlantic Region At Large Designated Position. The candidates are listed below in alphabetical order (family name).

HEPBURN, Edward
MACFARLANE, Andrew

Good luck to all of the candidates.
In solidarity,

Alfredo Acrobati
Secretary-Treasurer
Transportation District 140, IAMAW