International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

March 02, 2010 12:33 ET

Air Canada Refuses to Fly the Extra Mile to Save Jobs!

Over 1,000 Aircraft Mechanics to be laid Off in April!

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor, Transportation Editor TORONTO, ON MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) - For Immediate Release

Toronto, ON - "Over one thousand highly skilled aircraft mechanics at Air Canada will be laid off this April and the company doesn't give a damn," says a disgusted Fred Hospes, IAMAW District 140 Regional Assistant Directing General Chairperson -Western Region.

"The Machinists have been negotiating layoff mitigation decisions with the company for months now and they agreed to everything but at the last minute, they tried to black mail us. It's bad faith bargaining plain and simple." Hospes was referring to a last minute decision by Air Canada not to agree to the government-sponsored EI Workshare program unless the union agreed to withdraw from the mitigation programs already negotiated between the parties. "This unethical bargaining tactic was simply requested because Air Canada is not willing to administrate the EI Workshare program," explained Hospes. "This program would have lessened the blow to our members and the company simply doesn't care."

The layoffs will impact Air Canada stations in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Montréal.

The Machinists have continued throughout the weekend in attempts to bring Air Canada back to the table but without success. "We are very concerned for the future of the more than one thousand members and their families who be impacted by this layoff," said Hospes. "We are currently in consultation with government officials as a result of Air Canada's unethical bargaining tactic and their decision to flat out reject the Government-sponsored EI Workshare program."

The IAMAW is the largest union at Air Canada representing more than 11,000 workers.

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/For further information: For further information:
Chuck Atkinson – IAMAW District 140 President and Directing General Chairperson
905-671-3192 ext #224/416-833-8140
Fred Hospes – IAMAW District 140 Regional Assistant Directing General Chairperson
604-448-0721/778-829-8140
George Bujold – IAMAW District 140 General Chairperson – Eastern Region
514-336-3031/514-962-8140
Tony Didoshak – IAMAW District 140 General Chairperson – Western Region
204-987-9254/204-951-8140
Bill Trbovich – IAMAW Director of Communications
416-386-1789 ext# 6331/416-735-9765

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Contact Information

  • Bill Trbovich, Director of Communications, IAMAW
    Primary Phone: 416-386-1789 ext. 6331
    Secondary Phone: 416-735-9765
    E-mail: btrbovich@iamaw.org