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Air Canada Jazz to layoff north coast employees in 2014
Air Canada Jazz will cease to employ customer service agents (CSA) in Prince Rupert and Sandspit effect Sept. 1, 2014.
The date was agreed upon by the company and the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) during meetings held earlier this month, and come after Jazz was awarded the right to contract out CSA services in eight smaller markets to save costs. Layoff notices will be issued no later than May 1, 2014, at which point employees will be given four options.
The first option is a voluntary separation package that includes severance pay equal to two weeks per year of service up to 52 weeks, two travel passes for each year of service for the employee, spouse and dependants and six months of benefit eligibility provided they continue to pay the premium.
The second option is relocation, with reimbursement up to $25,000 for an employee who owns a home and up to $15,000 for employees who rent, eligibility for up to 60 days of per diem of $65 per day at the new base and will have up to 12 months after the closure of the base to complete the relocation.
The third option is to accept the layoff, which will follow the procedures outlined in the collective bargaining agreement.
The fourth option is to bump, to be done in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement. Those who bump and experience increased costs due to commuting are eligible for expenses up to $7,500 for up to two years.
"These are difficult times for our membership that are losing their jobs and the CAW bargaining committee is doing everything they can to mitigate the job loss. We encourage everyone to carefully explore every option," wrote the bargaining committee in a memo to its members.
"There are two additional meetings scheduled on September 26 and 27 which are meant to finalize other amendments to the collective agreement."