MONTREAL, Feb. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - CAW Local 2002 members who work as Air
Canada in-flight crew schedulers have overwhelmingly voted in favour of
a new collective agreement.
The 76 crew schedulers, who are based in Montreal, voted 97 per cent in
favour of the new agreement at a meeting today.
The major issue in bargaining was the company's sudden announcement that
they wanted to move these jobs to Toronto.
The new agreement ensures about 40 per cent of the jobs remain in
Montreal with guaranteed alternate employment with AC in Montreal, with
In addition the date for relocation has been moved from March 2014 to
March 2016 and voluntary separation packages have been negotiated for
those who don't want to relocate.
Wages were increased two per cent in each of the first three years and
three per cent in the fourth year, retroactive to May 23, 2011. The
deal also includes changes to the pension plan, similar to Air Canada
customer service and sales agents. The deal expires May 22, 2015.
CAW President Ken Lewenza said the new agreement is good news for these
workers especially after such a tough round of bargaining.
"Our negotiating committee worked very hard to achieve this new
agreement and have received overwhelming support from the membership,"
Lewenza said. "It's critical to note this agreement was reached between
the two sides without any interference from the federal government."
CAW Local 2002 President Jamie Ross said "it's encouraging to see the
high level of membership interest in this round of bargaining. We had
96 per cent of the membership taking part in our ratification vote."
The 76 workers are responsible for flight attendant schedules on
aircraft. The CAW is currently negotiating a new contract with a
separate group of schedulers for aircraft pilots.
SOURCE CAW Local 2002 (Canadian Auto Workers Union)
For further information:
contact CAW National Representative Leslie Dias, cell, 416-315-2134.