Air Canada Flight Attendants Release Study: Base Closures Completely Unjustified



    MONTREAL, Sept. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada flight attendants have
shared a 'base closure viability study' with the employer today that
undermines the company's claims the attendant bases are being close to cut
costs.
    The company announced in June that attendant bases in Halifax and
Winnipeg would be closed by November 1st.
    According to Lesley Swann, president of the CUPE Air Canada Component
representing the flight attendants, "We did our homework and we can show that
there is no business case or economic justification for the closure of the
bases, unless of course the airline has another motive they are not sharing
with us or the public."
    The airline claims that the closure of the Halifax and Winnipeg bases is
supported by the results of a "base viability study". Air Canada did not
request any union or flight attendant input for this "study" and has refused
to make the results public.
    The union representing the flight attendants, the Canadian Union of
Public Employees did its own study of the flight configurations and the costs
of closing the bases in Halifax and Winnipeg. Its conclusion is that to
maintain current flight schedules, it will cost Air Canada about $2 million a
year if it closes the two bases. Without flight attendants located in these
two regional centres, Air Canada will pay more for over night accommodations
and in transporting flight attendants to their assignments.




For further information:

For further information: Lesley Swann, President Air Canada Component
CUPE, (416) 809-2577; Daniela Scarpelli, CUPE National Representative, (416)
458-0588; Dennis Lewycky, CUPE Communications, (204) 333-5065

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