Air Canada Ratifies Contract

Toronto, Ontario

October 11, 2000

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Air Canada Ratifies Contract
Air Canada Ratifies Contract
dated October 11, 2000

Toronto Sept 29, 2000
       The 4,200 members of local 2213 representing CAW workers at Air Canada have ratified a new agreement with the company, which extends their existing contract until March 2004.
       79 % approved the deal, which provides for a 2.5 per cent increase in 2002 and 2.5 per cent in 2003.
       CAW national president Buzz Hargrove had recommended the members ratify the agreement, which will expire at the same time as the current contract with the former Canadian Airline CAW members.

Buzz Hargrove,
CAW National President

       "We have dealt with a number of benefit issues that are important to our members. We have dealt with a very, very crucial issue, which is about life style and families, and that is the schedules of the work force across the country. We have made major strides in that area."

       Sean Smith, head of the bargaining committee said the past 13 months have been horrendous and while there is still more work to be done, the agreement is the first step in moving forward.

Sean Smith
President, CAW Local 2213

       "We are starting to see some gains and some of the rewards which have been promised for so long to us but have never been fulfilled. We're not there yet to the conclusion of the new Air Canada. Some issues are still outstanding but this will be the beginning and our passengers, our customers will start seeing improvements and its long over due. It's time to move forward and this agreement goes a long way in doing that."

       Air Canada Senior Vice President, Calin Rovinescu, commended the CAW for it's leadership and promised to continue to work with the union to resolve the issues caused by the merger of the two airlines into the new Air Canada.

Calin Rovinescu
Sr. VP Air Canada

       "The capability and the leadership here has led to not only something that makes sense for this membership, but as many people know will greatly facilitate customer service issues at the airports and will relieve an enormous amount of pressure from the front line agents that are working and have been under tremendous stress, as the operations of these two airlines have been put together in such short order."

       The work place leadership of local 2213 voted unanimously to recommend the new contract to their members.

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