TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - CAW members have ratified a new 21-month
collective agreement with Air Canada today by a margin of 76 per cent
following a series of meetings that took place over the course of the week.
The deal includes some quality of life improvements, such as increased
rest periods and partial shift trades. It also provides security on pensions
for current and retired employees and restricts compensation to company
The new agreement also establishes a multi-union Memorandum of
Understanding on pensions, which includes a 21-month moratorium on past
service company pension contributions, a move CAW Local 2002 President Leslie
Dias said was difficult to accept but will help members steer clear of a
second round of Air Canada bankruptcy protection proceedings under CCAA.
"Having faced the challenges of bankruptcy protection once before, and
knowing full well the difficult economic conditions we face today, our members
have accepted this agreement but with heavy hearts, no doubt," Dias said.
"Our members have given up more than their fair share to keep this
company afloat, and we will be back at the table in the next year and a half
looking to make substantial gains in this contract."
Maintaining current wage and benefit levels and protecting pensions for
current employees and retirees was the key focus of the union heading into
this latest round of negotiations, said Peggy Nash, Assistant to CAW National
President Ken Lewenza.
"Although not ideal, we managed to accomplish what we set out to do and
that was to provide our members some sense of stability and security during
these difficult times," Nash said.
CAW Local 2002 represents 4,500 customer sales and service agents across
For further information:
For further information: Darryl Bink, CAW Local 2002 Communications,
(cell) (647) 802-8613; Leslie Dias, CAW Local 2002 President, (cell) (416)
315-2134; or Peggy Nash, Assistant to the CAW National President, (cell) (416)