The CAW represents 11,600 members in the air transportation sector. About half work for airlines (like Air Canada, Jazz, and a few smaller carriers). The other half of CAW members are employed in support services to the airline industry. The most important of these are the nearly 3000 CAW members who run Canada's air navigation system (NavCanada). Other support services, such as airport maintenance, baggage handling, and airline catering, round out the CAW's membership in this sector. Many airline workers work part-time or irregular hours, which makes it hard to generate adequate, stable incomes.

Bargaining success for our members has varied greatly, depending on the specific economic conditions facing each group. Air Canada has endured repeated financial crises (the most recent being another brush with bankruptcy protection in 2009), and this has made it hard for our members to make progress there - although the 2011 deal (reached after a short strike) contained important gains.



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