CAW Council Unanimously Endorse Air Canada Workers Fight To Save Their Pensions

April 17, 2009


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CAW Council Unanimously Endorse Air Canada Workers Fight To Save Their Pensions
CAW Council Unanimously Endorse Air Canada Workers Fight To Save Their Pensions
dated April 17, 2009


Port Elgin, Ontario
April, 2009
      

Port Elgin, Ontario
April 17, 2009


Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "I recommend that all CAW members support Air Canada workers in their struggle to restore dignity and better quality of life to their jobs and to defend their pension by calling on the federal government to protect all workers' pensions. End the destructive cycle of bankruptcy in the air line sector by enacting smart regulations, by taking back public ownership of our national airline. Block the windup of ACE Aviation Holding, forcing them to invest capital in Air Canada. And finally force ACE CEO Robert Milton, who has been paid so far, $50 million to return his bonuses and block the ten million that he would get from the ACE windup."

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW President

       "Air Canada workers are furious and what they have told us loud and clear in meeting after meeting is first of all, the guys at the top should have to give back bonuses that they stripped out of this company. Put that money back into the company, back into the pension plan and start running this operation for the good of the travelling public."


Tim Cheung
CAW Local 2002

       "We know that it is not the workers that are the problem, it's the company. They want more concessions from us. They want to go after our defined benefit pension. Well this isn't just our pension, it's everybody's pension. Enough is enough."

Patty Southey
CAW Local 2002

       "The federal government has a key role to play too. Like other jurisdictions including Ontario and the U.S. it must establish a pension guarantee system to back stop pensions when companies are in trouble."

Shirley Anderson
CAW Local 2002

       "At some point in time we have to be able to stop corporations from eroding bargained language in collective agreements that were put there to support people. Like in Oshawa where you bargain a collective agreement and they just throw it out two weeks later. And where Air Canada has bargained in pension plans and defined benefit programs where they can just flip it into a CCAA and everything is gone."

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW President

       "Today Air Canada workers are reduced in number by over a third. There's about 36% less workers at Air Canada since the bankruptcy. They are processing and working with more than double the number of passengers. So the productivity has doubled since the bankruptcy and in real wages they are making about 10% less than they were before the bankruptcy."



Rita Reed
CAW Local 2002

       "I am so fed up. I also come from the call centers and to tell you the truth I represent people there as a vice president and these people work hard and long. We have like 200 calls a day waiting at all times. The light never stops."

Cheryl Robinson
CAW Local 2002

       "We need to bring Air Canada back as a Crown corporation in order for you, as a travelling public, to have stable and dependable airline service."



Janet Sinclair
CAW Local 2002

       "We have got to stand up. We need this airline nationalized. We need it taken out of the hands of the bankers and the stock brokers, get people in who want to run an airline, who want to provide service who want to put service back into communities that no longer have any service."

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