TORONTO, July 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Today Jazz announced that they will be
acquiring six new Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft and removing 9 CRJs from the fleet.
As discussed at recent CAW base meetings, this acquisition will result
in the elimination of one line of heavy maintenance and subsequently
mean the closure of one of the heavy bases. Jazz has indicated that
London will be the base to close and that this will occur during the
summer of 2013. Furthermore, Jazz will be creating vacancies in
In a press release issued today, Joe Randell, Jazz President and CEO
stated, "The ongoing rejuvenation of the Jazz fleet will deliver value
to all of our stakeholders." However, Randell made no mention of Jazz
Technical Services job-loss or how these employees will be impacted by
the closure of London's heavy base facility.
"We have been in discussions with Jazz on issues of additional paid
moves and retention payments for our members in London," said Ron
Smith, CAW's Director of Transportation. "These discussions are ongoing
and will be concluded before we reach a new collective agreement with
Talks between CAW and Jazz stalled in June after Jazz failed to address
many of the members' concerns; instead, Jazz demanded concessions.
"All bases - irrespective of labour affiliation - are susceptible to
this type of irresponsible behavior," said CAW Local 2002 President
Jamie Ross. "We understand that the replacement of older regional jets
by newer aircraft translates into better operating economics, but this
should not be accomplished at the expense of Jazz's own employees and
Discussions between CAW and Jazz are tentatively scheduled to resume
July 23rd in Toronto.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
please contact Ron Smith, CAW Director of Transportation, (647) 284-4535