Under Threat of CCAA As May 31st Bargaining Deadline Approaches CAW Launches 5 Point Plan to Save Air Canada

May 4, 2009


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Under Threat of CCAA 
            As May 31st Bargaining Deadline Approaches
            CAW Launches 5 Point Plan to Save Air Canada
Under Threat of CCAA As May 31st Bargaining Deadline Approaches CAW Launches 5 Point Plan to Save Air Canada
dated May 4, 2009


Toronto, Ontario
May 4, 2009
      

Toronto, Ontario
May 4, 2009


Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "CAW members at Air Canada refuse to sit passively by while the whole company flies into CCAA protection once more while the company and all the pundits take aim at our pension and our compensation. We did not cause this problem and we will not sacrifice our pensions in a fruitless effort to subsidize the mismanagement of this company and this airline for a few more years."

Leslie Dias
Pres. CAW Local 2002

       "Our members are furious. There was a time when they were anxious about what would be coming ahead but our members are extremely angry. They feel that the airline has been completely mismanaged for the purpose of filling certain individual's pockets rather than investing in the core airline itself and ensuring the long-term success. The focus hasn't been there. The focus has been on individual gain."


Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "That's why we're launching a five-point campaign. It's a pledge sheet. It says there is an alternative. Instead of just standing back and waiting for the next financial crisis to hit we're going to fight for that alternative."

Jim Stanford
CAW Economist

       "The whole point of our 5 Point Pledge is to say to our members, to the traveling public and to all Canadians; there are better way to manage this company and better ways to manage this industry then what we are experiencing at this point: 1-By stopping the ACE windup and reinvesting the net assets of ACE back into Air Canada; 2-By stopping the further payouts to Milton and hopefully getting some of the previous pay outs back like they did with the AIG bonuses in the U.S. 3-Securing the pension system from some kind of a federal guarantee as part of the way of smoothing out Air Canada's contributions. 4-By addressing this chronic problem of over capacity and excess competition in the airline industry which has created red ink. 5-The reinstatement of a public equity stake in Air Canada."

Leslie Dias
Pres. CAW Local 2002

       "Most of the points that we have in the 5 point plan are really addressed at measures that we believe the federal government needs to take in order to turn the airline industry around in Canada. And that they are long term solutions that we see as being necessary."

Cheryl Robinson
CAW Member Mobilization & Political Action Dir.

       "Let's stabilize the industry. We've been through this. I've not been an employee for long but we have been through a merger. We've been through CCAA; we've been laid off time and time and time again. We're back but always with that fear. I think it is time for the government to step up to the plate and really help us out."

 

Jamie Ross
CAW Local 2002 VP Pacific Region

       "We're very disappointed in what's happened at Air Canada and we all support 100% if not more, this 5 point plan. Today we have campaign co-ordinators that have hit the airport and the Aeroplan office and each and every member will sign that pledge form to send a direct message to the government and to Robert Milton."

       Contract Expires May 31, 2009

Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "Our contract actually expires on May 31st. We've obviously have to enter bargaining. There has been some preliminary bargaining going on but very preliminary and again obviously we are taking the position that we won't make concessions. Workers have been forced to make significant concessions under CCAA. And again the timing of, quite frankly, the threat of CCAA is just another old story that we've heard before and obviously there's alternatives for the company and the industry."

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