So if this is true, why wouldn't AC use that illegal strike to get rid of them all and contract out?
I certainly don't support what the AC ramp folks in YYZ did, and I think that if the company thought they could have gotten anything out of the situation they would have tried.
But I think that the company screwed up in their approach to the problem, rather than trying to fire 140 employees in one shot ( which I don't necessarily disagree with), but they didn't anticipate the reaction of the rest of the workers there. They should have put out a memo etc., advising the workers that the previously accepted practice of clocking out your fellow workers would no longer be tolerated, and any further violations would be grounds for dismissal.
The IAM has a reputation for how they handle things that they don't agree with, and I can't say that their views are accepted by the rest of the employees in the company.
It was certainly not very good timing, just coming out of CCAA for this to have happened. Not that any time would be good, but I think that the traveling public will see this as another reason to go to the competition.
1) The company is planning on spinning off the ramp as a seperate entity under the ACE unbrella. It will contract its services to Air Canada.
2) In the last contract negotiations the union ate their young and elected to go with a B scale, ending the 65K per year ramp job.
3) As with many other departments, you will see buy outs to get rid of dead weight.
Just rumours on the road.
The company ( ACE Holdings ) is presently spinning everything off. Tech ops, or maintenance is being set up as a seperate entity. The airline ( air Canada ) or flight ops is a seperate entity. Jazz is another, and soon handling will be yet another.
Each entity is responsible to ACE for its own bottom line. Each entity with its own structure. For example, Robert Milton is no longer the President of Air Canada. It is now Monte Brewer. Milton is running ACE holdings.
I would not be surprised to see certain departments get sold off. (just my opinion there )
As for the ramp, what I hear is mostly from management pilots so we all take that with a grain of salt however, but talking with the ramp guys has also confirmed a few things.
I hope you are right as that whole department has been a thorn in my side for years. I was talking with one of the higher ups about it a few months ago and he said no way, it was here to stay.
His reason was that the company had looked at it and decided that trying to amend publications on the fleet which is always scattered around the globe is too much work. Well sure it is when you have the pilots carring and amending everything.
With WAT charts coming out of the acars and all the approaches loaded in our FMS database, I don't see why we can't pull a plate from the acars, compare it with the database, make sure they agree and do the approach. That way you can amend the entire fleet from one central location.
I hope you are right but I would be very surprised to see it happen.
from a jazz memo:
It is my pleasure to inform you that on April 10, 2005 Jazz Flight Operations will officially put into use the Jeppesen Route Manual. This change is the culmination of two years of effort by Jazz Flight Operations and the ALPA MEC Air Safety Committee.
- reasons for this change were many. They include:
:electronic charting that can go into use immediately in operations outside the cockpit,
:future electronic charting for our E-Flight Deck/Electronic Flight Bag initiatives, and
:electronic access to charting for off-line operations (immediate website access and printing available).