Sat, Feb 25, 2012
Airline Says It's 'Business As Usual' As Negotiations Will
After nine months of face to face bargaining, the membership of
the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers,
the largest union at Air Canada, has voted to reject a proposed
During the voting process, the union says it became quite clear
that the membership was in no mood to accept what they considered a
sub-standard offer from the Airline. As a result, they have also
voted 78% in support of strike action.
The union says that across the board, its members are earning
less in real terms than they did after the CCAA hearings in 2002.
In real dollars, the members have been falling behind each year for
over a decade. They say that during this time the people that are
in charge of running the company have walked away with millions of
dollars in their pockets.
For its part, the airline says it will be business as usual for
the airline and that its customers can continue to book Air Canada
flights "with confidence."
As a result of the vote, the conciliation commissioner, the
Honourable Justice Louise Otis, will be filing her report to the
Minister of Labour, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, for consideration
and determining next steps. Air Canada is confident that there is
sufficient time for the parties to avoid a disruption of
The IAMAW represents the airline's approximately 8,600
mechanics, baggage handlers, cargo agents and certain finance and
The airline says it will provide further updates as developments
warrant. The IAMAW says it will be meeting next week to prepare for
a return to bargaining with Air Canada.
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