CAW to Resume Talks with Air Canada
June 2, 2009, 3:23 PM EST
The CAW will resume negotiations with Air Canada tomorrow morning with a focus on the pension plan. Air Canada temporarily adjourned discussions late last week.
The current collective agreement expired on May 31.
"We're working towards reaching a stand-pat agreement which will protect our members during these current economic challenges," said Leslie Dias, president of CAW Local 2002. "Our members have already made more than their share of sacrifices during the 2003 and 2004 experiences with CCAA."
The CAW has been meeting regularly with the other four Air Canada unions to discuss the issues facing the company's pension plan.
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.