CAW Backs CLC Pension Campaign, Supports Nortel Retirees and Confronts Air Canada.

December 4, 2009


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CAW Backs CLC Pension Campaign, Supports Nortel Retirees and Confronts Air Canada
December 4, 2009




       CAW Council Joins CLC Fight To Double CPP


Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "I have a recommendation that we join with the Canadian Labour Congress in doing what we have to do to enhance benefits for all our pensioners in Canada and at the same time we recommit ourselves to continue to bargain our pension plans and making sure that our pension plans that we have bargained at the bargaining table are not up for sale by these over zealous employers that believe those days are behind us. Our universal pension program works. It shows you that if we can enhance our universal pension program for all Canadians we can bring up our standards but bring other Canadians up with us. So brothers and sisters the only security Canadians are going to have moving forward is for us to double our Canada Pension Plan. Get people out of impoverished income when they retire."




       CAW Council Demands Justice For Nortel Workers and Retirees


Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "Last week the court ruled that Nortel is no longer responsible for the employer for their retirees. They are not part of the collective agreement. The next day after that court ruling came in the Nortel executives load themselves with millions of dollars, millions of dollars in bonuses before the damn company goes under. Brothers and sisters that's unlawful, unlawful in this country when executive can steal money on the backs of pensioners, on the back of those disabled and get away with it. We demonstrated at Queens Park; we demonstrated in Ottawa. As a result of our combined demonstrations on pension protection, every single day there's an article about pensions in major newspapers. People are talking about it. And do you know why they are talking about it? Because we hit the streets brothers and sisters, because we protested, we demonstrated, we made calls we weren't silent. We've got to continue to fight for pensions until our last breath because that is our responsibility as a union. It is a responsibility to our nation and I ask you to fight for pension protection."



       Air Canada Crisis Continues. Government Intervention Needed.


Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "We represent airline workers at Air Canada from one end of the country to the other. I talked to the Air Canada CEO last Friday. You're sending work to Jazz who is making a hell of a lot of money, more money than Air Canada. You would take those companies back, put them into Air Canada, pay all of the workers the wages and benefits of Air Canada workers and build the company moving forward. He said that's not my vision Ken. My vision is that in future agreements with Jazz is we're going to reduce the hours in the contract for Jazz workers and we're going to put more pressure on them to be more competitive with the non-union suppliers."


Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "It is a tough bargaining environment. It is a tough work environment today because Air Canada threatens to go into bankruptcy again for the second time in the last decade and force all of the unions to go into bargaining and make some sacrifices to avoid bankruptcy. We can't protect the long term survival of Air Canada through constant negotiation. We've got to fill our planes. We've got to get support from government in this key issue, this key sector of our economy. Because at the end of the day without a national carrier we will be in serious trouble here in Canada.

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