CAW Out on Strike, After Negotiations with Air Canada Break Down

June 14, 2011, 12:00 AM EST

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The CAW regrets to report that CAW members who work at Air Canada are now out on strike after the two sides were unable to reach a tentative agreement by the 11:59 p.m. EST deadline.

The strike comes after the company refused to remove major concessionary demands on the existing pension plan.

"We're extremely disappointed that 10 weeks of tough negotiations has not resulted in a new agreement that we can take back to our membership," said CAW President Ken Lewenza. "This strike is unfortunate -not only for our members, but also for Air Canada passengers who may be inconvenienced."

Picket lines are now set up in many locations across the country.

CAW Local 2002 represents 3,800 members at Air Canada, who work in customer service and sales in major airports and call centres.

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