Pension plan dominates talks between CAW and Air Canada

    TORONTO, May 26 /CNW/ - Talks between the CAW and Air Canada continue
into a sixth day as the union makes every effort to secure the integrity of
the pension plan while speculation that the company could go into CCAA
    "Our members are tremendously concerned about the pension plan and the
very public way that Air Canada has demanded funding relief," said Leslie
Dias, president of CAW Local 2002. "This issue continues to be a major
sticking point in our negotiations and Air Canada must understand the
retirement security of our members is a key priority."
    Dias said that in both 2003 and 2004, CAW members at Air Canada made
major concessions in order to get the corporation back on track. Not only has
that not happened, but the cuts have resulted in understaffing in airports and
reservation offices, which has meant that members have had to do much more
with fewer resources.
    CAW Local 2002 represents 4,500 Air Canada workers across the country in
customer service in airport terminals and reservation offices.
    The CAW has an ongoing five-point campaign, which includes pressing the
federal government to take an equity stake in the country's national carrier,
stop the further payments to Robert Milton, block the wind-up of Air Canada
parent company ACE Aviation Holdings, re-establish smart regulations on the
airlines and require Air Canada to fully fund its pension plan.
    Negotiations with Air Canada began on May 21 and the current agreement
expires on May 31.

For further information:

For further information: CAW Local 2002 Communications, Darryl Bink,
(cell) (647) 802-8613; or Communications, Shannon Devine, (cell) (416)
302-1699 or information on the campaign, please visit:

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