TORONTO/MONTREAL, Jan. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Inflight and flight operations
crew schedulers have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike if necessary.
Inflight crew schedulers voted 96 per cent in favour of going on strike
if necessary, while flight operations crew schedulers have voted 97 per
cent in favour. No deadline has been set. Negotiations have been
ongoing since the summertime and the current collective agreement
expired on May 22.
Raising the ire of members is the plan by Air Canada to move the
scheduling operations from Montreal to a new centre in Toronto. The
CAW, representing the crew schedulers, has offered up a number of
solutions that would be more cost-efficient than relocating staff and
building a new centre - both of which will come at a significant
expense to Air Canada. The move would cause what the union is calling
the unnecessary uprooting of 120 families.
"Our members gave us a strong and informed mandate going forward. This
sends a clear message to Air Canada to address our concerns and bargain
a fair contract for our members," said Gaetano Amodeo, CAW chairperson
at Air Canada flight operations.
Air Canada crew schedulers have not taken a strike vote for more than 21
"Clearly it is time for the company to get serious and reach a fair
collective agreement. Our members are extremely frustrated at what they
see as an unnecessary and destructive move by the company to relocate
approximately 120 people," said Frank Spinelli, CAW chairperson at Air
Canada's inflight crew scheduling.
CAW Local 2002 represents 76 members in inflight and 46 flight
operations crew schedulers.
CAW members working in customer service at Air Canada went on strike in
June, lasting until the two sides were able to reach a collective
agreement three days later.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
CAW National Representative Leslie Dias (cell) 416-315-2134 or CAW Communications Shannon Devine (cell) 416-302-1699