TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - The CAW will be opening contract talks with Air
Canada on Friday, February 11 at an airport area hotel.
CAW President Ken Lewenza says that the union will be looking for a fair
deal for its 3,800 members at Air Canada. "Our members wages have not
even kept pace with half the rate of inflation since 2002," said
Lewenza. "This is deplorable. We've taken hits in the areas of vacation
and break times, while delivering tremendous productivity increases in
an effort to keep the company afloat. What our members are looking for
at the bargaining table is basic fairness -I think this demand is
CAW Local 2002 represents Air Canada workers in customer service and
sales in major airports and call centres.
Leslie Dias, CAW National Representative, rejected today's meagre equity
offer by Air Canada that accompanied the company's fourth quarter
financial results, stating that Air Canada workers need to see a real
wage increase, not a few shares.
Dias also underlined that although the economic concerns of members
remain paramount, workers are also looking for basic respect on the
job. "Staffing levels have been cut to the bone, so our members are
working longer and harder, but management refuses to acknowledge that
these efforts are what keep the airline going."
Tomorrow, CAW members across the country at Air Canada will be
displaying stickers reading 'Countdown to a Fair Deal' in support of
their bargaining committee.
The current contract expires February 28, 2011.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers
For further information:
CAW National Representative Leslie Dias, (cell) 416-315-2134 or Assistant to the National President Peggy Nash (cell) 416-333-8097