CAW President Calls on Air Canada to Reverse Decision to Relocate Scheduling Crew

October 31, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

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The CAW will be calling on Air Canada to reverse its decision to relocate crew scheduling personnel, in an early afternoon meeting today with the airline.

Last week Air Canada notified the CAW that it would be demanding the approximately 130 crew scheduling and flight operations members move from Montreal to Toronto -or face unemployment.

Air Canada did not give any reasonable rationale for the sudden change. "Our members lives will be adversely affected by this decision," said CAW President Ken Lewenza. "With the nature of the work that our members perform and the technology that exists today this decision makes no sense."

The CAW is calling on Air Canada to reverse this decision immediately. "We are going to take on this challenge head on," vowed CAW Local 2002 President Jamie Ross.

The union has planned a series of meetings with the membership where the CAW will be developing a strategy to push the airline to reverse its decision.

The CAW crew scheduling groups have been in contract negotiations with Air Canada since August, 2011. Progress in bargaining was slow and recently a federal conciliator was appointed to assist with the process.

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