Air Canada Struggle For Survival Vote

Toronto, Ontario

June 5, 2003


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Air Canada Struggle For Survival Vote
dated June 5, 2003

       Faced with the threat of the liquidation of Air Canada, CAW is leading the fight to save the airline and as many of its members' jobs as possible.

Toronto, Ontario
June 3, 2003

       The eight thousand CAW members at Air Canada are voting across the country on the new contract designed to save the airline. The bargaining committee chair, Anne Davidson says it's a tough but necessary pill for her members to swallow.

Anne Davidson
Bargaining Committee Chair

       "We have gone as far as we can. We are bringing back a deal that we are recommending to you is in your best interest to accept. We are also telling you, and this is really in our discussion with the other unions as well, they all have the same view, that our only alternative if we don't ratify the agreements there is no doubt in our mind that Air Canada will go under."

       While protecting it's members' pensions and the permanent wage scale are top priorities for the union, CAW Transportation Director Gary Fane told the members of Local 2002 in Toronto, the main issue is survival.



Gary Fane
CAW Dir. Transportation

       "Our most important priority was to make sure Air Canada did not go bankrupt and liquidate the company."

       Pensions, wages and health care benefits were protected Fane said but at a cost involving major cuts; including between 800 to a thousand jobs in the coming months, one week of vacation time, two paid holidays, the loss of shift premiums, longevity pay, double overtime, and a temporary wage cut of 10 percent for 60 days starting June 1st. Ratification meetings will be held this week and the final results will be released June 10th. Anne Davidson said even with ratification there are tough days ahead for all Air Canada workers.

Anne Davidson
Bargaining Committee Chair

       "Now even making this decision we don't know if Air Canada is out of the water yet. We're now going to be going through the same process with the creditors. So, you know, it is still very much at risk. But the other part is that no one is flying right now. Well they are flying but they are flying on very cheap fares so they are not making money. So that is very difficult to handle."

       In the meantime, Fane said, the CAW is continuing to put pressure on Ottawa.

Gary Fane
CAW Dir. Transportation

       "They should take an active role to make sure that we have a national carrier that is properly run and properly managed. And they should put some rules in about competition to protect the consumer, the employees and the traveling public."


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