TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - CAW Local 7378, representing Sunwing
Airline's approximately 160 professional pilots based across Canada, is
filing for conciliation and the establishment of a strike deadline
after hitting an impasse in contract talks with the company.
"After months of bargaining, the company's unwillingness to adequately
address our pilot group's most pressing issues has forced us down this
path," said CAW National President Ken Lewenza. "It's truly a shame
that such a profitable company would choose to ignore reasonable
requests of its highly skilled flight crews."
"It's truly discouraging," said CAW Local 7378 President Captain Dave
Matkovich. "The company refuses to move on issues of inefficient
scheduling, crew fatigue, unproductive work hours and compensation. We
understand the need for our company to maintain its current pay
structure and have only asked for a minimal wage increase," Matkovich
Major issues concerning the pilots at Sunwing Airlines are scheduling
stability, greater productivity while away from home, and the length of
continuous time on duty with respect to fatigue.
The Sunwing Travel Group announced earlier this year that it once again
made the list in the Annual PROFIT 200 Ranking of Canada's
Fastest-Growing Companies by PROFIT Magazine. Sunwing Travel Group,
which employs over 1,700 employees, ranked at #94 in 2011, boasting a
521% growth. The Sunwing Travel Group has also been ranked on both the
PROFIT 100 list and the PROFIT 200 list seven additional times,
exhibiting the company's strength and continued growth throughout the
Sunwing's pilots have been bargaining since August. The Sunwing pilot
group's contract expired on November 30. They now await the appointment
of a conciliation officer.
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
please contact CAW Transportation Director Ron Smith (cell) 647-495-4535