CAW Wins Representation Vote at United Airlines

March 19, 2013, 9:45 AM EST

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The CAW is welcoming 44 new members from the former Continental Airlines following a representation vote that affected customer service agents at Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

In March 2012, United Airlines and Continental Airlines applied to the Canada Industrial Relations Board to consolidate two existing bargaining units into one unit of 88 workers, as a result of a merger between the two airlines.

The CIRB ordered a representation vote be held for workers to democratically select which of the two existing unions (CAW and the IAM - International Association of Machinists) would represent the newly formed unit.

"This is truly a great victory for the United Airlines and Continental Airlines workers in Toronto, the latest to join our growing union," said CAW President Ken Lewenza. "I want to congratulate all CAW and former IAM members for their determination in what was a hard fought campaign and encourage them to join with their new colleagues in continuing to build a strong union."

These new members join the over 2,500 active CAW members currently working at Pearson Airport and over 10,000 air transport workers in Local 2002.

"Our leadership and activists fought hard to ensure that these workers were given all the facts in order to decide which union they wanted to represent them," said CAW Local 2002 President Jamie Ross.

The union is awaiting a decision by the CIRB whether the current CAW collective agreement will apply.

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