TORONTO, Feb. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - The layoffs and contracting out announced
by United Airlines at airports across Canada today are unacceptable and
need to be reversed, Unifor National President Jerry Dias says.
"This is a devastating blow to an experienced workforce that has a
proven record of performing their duties to the highest standards,"
Unifor represents 94 customer service representatives at Toronto's
Pearson International Airport. They, along with 85 employees at
Vancouver International Airport and 58 at the Calgary International
Airport (members of the International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers), are to be laid off in the coming months as the US
airline contracts out the work.
Under the company plan, the Unifor members in Toronto are to be off the
job by June 1.
Dias blamed inadequate laws protecting the rights of workers in
federally regulated sectors for the damage being done to more than 200
families across the country by this decision.
"There are little or no statutory protections when it comes to successor
rights," Dias said "Companies can hide behind laws that allow them to
strip workers of their right to be represented, since the new employer
will not be bound by the collective agreement."
Dias has requested an immediate meeting between himself and top United
officials to discuss the matter.
"This affects all airport workers, and Unifor will protect the rights of
our members and all workers in the federal and provincial sectors,"
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing
more than 300,000 workers, including almost 12,000 in the airline
sector. Unifor was formed Labour Day weekend when the Canadian
Autoworkers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union
For further information:
please contact Unifor national representative Leslie Dias at (416) 315-2134 Leslie.Dias@Unifor.org, or Unifor Communications Director Sarah Blackstock at (416) 949-1072 or Sarah.Blackstock@Unifor.org , or Stuart Laidlaw, Unifor Communications national representative at 647-385-4054 or Stuart.Laidlaw@Unifor.org.