Canada 3000 Workers Demand Government Action

Toronto, Ontario

November 12, 2001


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Canada 3000 Workers Demand Government Action
Canada 3000 Workers Demand Government Action
dated November 12, 2001

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President

       "This government has a choice. You can spend millions of dollars on employment insurance and adjustment programs and social services and all the other fallout from the demise of Canada 3000, or you can spend the money, keep the industry running, keep this airline running, try to find a buyer and play a role to solve this crisis at Canada 3000. Jean Chretien, we are calling on you, we are waiting for you to act."

Toronto, Ontario 

       The 400 CAW members along with 4,400 other Canada 3000 employees were thrown out of work Sunday, November 11th when the company declared bankruptcy and shut down its operations.
       With its aircraft parked on the ground, the workers gathered at protest meetings in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Halifax, demanding that Federal Transportation Minister David Collenette and the federal government take immediate action to save their jobs.
       Sean Smith, president of CAW Local 2213, called on Canadians to join the fight to save the airline industry in Canada.

Sean Smith
Pres. CAW Local 2213

       "We must mobilize. We must stay mobilized. We must look to the future. Because if this is the final chapter in Canada 3000's history, we must stand together and say "we will not allow another day like today to happen."


       "We need regulation in this industry. The days of government interference one day and non-interference the next day must end. There must be some stability in this industry before there's nothing left, because it's not just Canada 3000; it is every airline in this sector under crisis at this time."

       While the CAW and other unions continue to fight for the rights of their members at the bankruptcy hearings, their preference is to get their members back to work.

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President

       "Workers at this company are incredibly loyal and I was really struck on Friday when our members who had worked all night heard that the company had gone out of business, they stayed on the job, unpaid, so that they could help passengers who had been stranded at Pearson Airport. These are workers who don't want to collect Employment Insurance. They want their jobs. They are skilled professionals. They want to work in the industry. This federal government has to help them do that."

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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