Aveos and Air Canada ex-employees
Class action against Air Canada in Superior Court:
This class action seeks to compensate former employees of Air Canada and Aveos for Air Canada’s failure to maintain overhaul and maintenance centers in Montreal, Winnipeg and Mississauga following Aveos’ closure in march 2012.
In a judgment rendered on November 10, 2022, the Honourable Marie-Christine Hivon found in favour of the plaintiff, Mr. Gilbert McMullen. The judgment orders Air Canada to pay the former employees compensation for pecuniary (loss of income and loss of pension fund) and non-pecuniary losses (stress, anxiety, frustration, loss of self-esteem, insomnia, divorce, suicide attempts, etc.) A claims process will be submitted to the Court for members to claim compensation.
Conditions to be part of this class action
You are a member of this class action if you fit into one of these 2 categories:
– You are an ex-employee, unionized or not, of Air Canada’s overhaul and maintenance center in Montreal, Mississauga or Winnipeg and you were negatively impacted by Aveos’ closure
– You are the spouse, common law partner, heir or beneficiary of one of those ex-employees
What was alleged against Air Canada?
The class action alleged that Air Canada violated the Air Canada Public Participation Act under which it had the obligation to maintain overhaul and maintenance centers in Montreal, Mississauga and Winnipeg. Both the Quebec Superior Court and the Quebec Court of Appeal recognized that Air Canada had contravened the law. Those judgments were declaratory and no compensation was sought for ex-employees who were negatively impacted
Class proceeding against Aveos’ former directors in Federal Court:
By their application for judicial review, Aveos’ former directors contest the decision of Arbitrator Pierre Flageole rendered on June 7, 2018 which confirmed that they are responsible for compensating some former employees for unpaid wages and other benefits.
The Federal Court approved the settlement agreement reached between all parties and the compensations have been paid to class members.
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The members are represented by TJL in collaboration with Jean-François Bertrand Avocats.