Union leaders say proposal will create much-needed jobs for GTA workers
TORONTO, March 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Four major Toronto unions are supporting
Porter Airlines' proposal to operate the Bombardier CS100 jet from
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to longer-range destinations such as
Vancouver, Los Angeles and Miami, saying that approval of the plan will
benefit Toronto's economy and support much-needed manufacturing jobs.
UNIFOR Downsview; Carpenters Union Local 27; Local 506, Labourers'
International Union of North America (LiUNA); and International Union
of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), District Council 46, have made
official submissions to Toronto City Council to express their support
for Porter's proposal. Approval of the plan, according to a City of
Toronto study, will generate $250 million of additional annual economic
impact and 2,000 new jobs, including 1,000 directly at Porter.
"Porter Airlines and their fleet of 26 Q400s manufactured at
Bombardier's Downsview facility have been very important to us and our
workforce," said Merv Grey, plant chairperson for UNIFOR. "I speak on
behalf of myself and our membership when I say that Porter's investment
of over $600 million in Toronto-built aircraft has produced significant
benefits for our employment base, the aerospace industry and the local
The union leaders pointed out that more than 60 companies in the Greater
Toronto Area will manufacture parts for the landing gear, the auxiliary
power unit and various other components of the CS100 to be assembled at
Bombardier's facility outside of Montreal.
"This story is about more than buying airplanes," said Joe Russo,
Business Manager, IUPAT, District Council 46. "Porter's initiative to
invest in Billy Bishop Airport has already supported a lot of work for
skilled trades. These latest plans offer more opportunity to sustain
"LIUNA supports the economic spin-off that Porter will provide to the
convention centre, and area tourism and hospitality," said Carmen
Principato, the business manager for Local 506 of LiUNA, which
represents 8,000 Toronto workers. "The travel and tourism industry is
important to Toronto and Porter is part of the plan to continue growing
Toronto into a top-notch tourist destination."
The proposal would see significant work take place for projects such as
runway development and local infrastructure in support of managing
efficient airport traffic access. In addition, the increased travel
options will add to the attractiveness of working and living downtown
and support further development of both downtown office towers and
"We need to take opportunities like this to build our city, not just
through infrastructure, but by making Toronto more accessible and
visible to those who want to visit and do business with us," said Mike
Yorke, President, Carpenters Union Local 27. "Our members want equally
to enjoy Toronto's revitalized waterfront and the chance to take a
vacation that is actually affordable. We can support both efforts and
have even greater benefits for everyone."
About Porter Airlines
Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying with a warm and
effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to
air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline
Star Rating® by Skytrax, and rated Best Small Airline in the world by
Condé Nast Traveler's Readers Choice Awards.
The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal,
Quebec City, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste.
Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway),
Boston, Washington (Dulles) and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant,
Que., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Burlington, Vt. Vacation packages are
available from Porter Escapes at www.porterescapes.com.
Visit www.flyporter.com or call (888) 619-8622 for more information.
SOURCE: Porter Airlines Inc.
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