CAW Fights for a Fair Deal at Air Canada

June 14, 2011


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CAW Fights for a Fair Deal at Air Canada
CAW Fights for a Fair Deal at Air Canada
dated June 14 to 17, 2011

 

Toronto, Ontario
June 14 to 17, 2011
      
Toronto, Ontario
June 14 to 17, 2011


Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "The Reality is that the demands on the table today affect every single one of us that are working at Air Canada today and that future employees will be exploited. They can't change the rules, ten, fifteen, twenty years into the process. The democratic right of our members is being challenged as a result of the Federal Tory government having the possibility of dictating the kinds of pensions we are going to have for ourselves and our families moving forward and that is undemocratic. Mr. Harper you did not win a majority to strip the democratic rights of unionized members away in one stroke of the pen. It was a tough battle but we have a collective agreement. Obviously it makes improvements in the areas that the members have made a priority. Air Canada themselves changed the debate over the course of the last couple of days as they have significantly wanted to go after our defined benefits and reduce the eligibility on the defined benefits instantly which would create nothing but havoc with our membership. We were able to resist those particular areas and that was an important victory for our membership. We would not be in these fights today if the Canadian government lived up to its commitment to seniors to retire with respect and dignity. If we improve the Canada pension plan, the old age security, the guaranteed supplement for all retirees in Canada it will take pressure off the bargained pension plans that we have and enhance the lives of all Canadians that want to retire. We are going to keep screaming and hollering because pensions should be important to all Canadians."


 Kirk Jackson
CAW Local 2002

       "I've been in the pension since seventy nine. They want to cut that down to forty four percent. Cut me here you might as well cut me here, that is forty four percent. We are not going to take it any more. That's it."


Francis Farrugia
CAW Local 2002

       "We see managers and CEOs give themselves five million dollar bonuses, multi-million dollar bonuses while employees have not seen a single raise."


Daniela Vendruscolo
CAW Local 2002

       "What ever it takes at this point, we have made the commitment, everyone here has made the commitment. It is an excellent turnout, so whatever it takes we'll be here. We are all prepared for it."


Rose Watts
CAW Local 2002

       "We have been giving, then we give some more, carry everybody on our backs. It is time for Rovinescu to say: "I need to give back to the people who are really making this airline work." Because it is all us, the frontline people who are busting our backs everyday, out there with the public. Give us what we deserve."


CAW Fighting Back Makes A Difference.


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