CAW Issues Strike Notice at Air Canada for Monday Night

June 13, 2011, 11:55 AM EST

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The CAW has issued its 72-hour strike notice to Air Canada, setting the stage for a possible work stoppage commencing Monday night at 11:59 p.m., should the two sides not come to an agreement.

After 10 weeks of negotiations, there are still a number of important issues halting progress at the bargaining table, such as demands for dramatic cuts to the pension plan that could result in pensions being reduced by 40 per cent for existing members, a plan which members pay into. The company is also demanding a lesser, secondary pension plan for new hires, according to the CAW.

Air Canada is also requesting a number of other economic concessions, including a reduction in benefits for current members and retirees, as well as an increase to their part-time workforce, which already occupies approximately 35 per cent of jobs.

"We are determined to reach a fair and equitable collective agreement that will reflect the contributions our members have made to bring Air Canada back to prosperity - our members haven't forgotten how much they gave up to make that happen and they expect to be treated fairly," said CAW Local 2002 President Jamie Ross, representing the company's 3,800 customer service, reservations and ticketing agents. "This is a struggle for good jobs at Air Canada and good jobs elsewhere."

Negotiations are ongoing and will continue right up until the deadline.

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