CAW Supports Two Airline Policy

September 7, 1999


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CAW Suports Two Airline Policy
CAW Supports Two Airline Policy
dated September 7, 1999

As speculation swirls around the airline industry in Canada, CAW National President Buzz Hargrove made it crystal clear to Robert Milton, President of Air Canada that the CAW is fighting for all its members in the airline industry.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"We wanted to be absolutely clear that we were representing the interests of our Air Canada members and to give him our vision as to what we think is the solution to the industry's woes that will protect the interests of our membership, the other workers in the airline industry, their families and communities, the consumer and provide a great service to the country."

Speaking at a press conference in Toronto following the meeting with Air Canada Hargrove said the CAW was going to do whatever it takes to protect its members.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"We are going to knock in, knock down, knock on,- whatever it takes,-on as many doors and different doors that we can to try to defend and protect the interests of our members at both airlines."

Hargrove stressed the need for the federal government to take an equity position in the airline industry and the CAW's support of a two-airline policy.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"We proposed an equity position for the Canadian government in Canadian Airlines and a two airline policy for Canada which would see a down sizing of both airlines on those routes in Canada where they are both running and losing money. "
"So there has to be a downsizing in a two airline future and the downsizing of course will mean job losses. And we stressed to him as we did Mr. Schwartz the other day and Mr. Collenette for the past several months, who we've talked to on several occasions that any downsizing must be done through attrition."

Throughout his meeting with Air Canada and with Onex, Hargrove said he stressed the fact that the CAW represents 5,000 members in Air Canada and 5,000 members in Canadian Airlines and their jobs must be protected.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"I think there is a very clear understanding that we are not supporting Onex. That we are looking forward to whatever proposal that they can put together and as we said to Mr. Schwartz you can win our support based on a two airline policy that defends the interests of workers not just shareholders and executives. That he could enjoy our support if he were to do that."

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