Machinists IAMAW

March 16, 2007 09:01 ET

Families and people mean nothing to Air Canada!

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor, Transportation Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 16, 2007) - Friday March 16, 2007

For Immediate Release

Toronto, ON - "Air Canada has absolutely no regard for its employee's," said IAMAW Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie.

"Families and people mean nothing to this airline. The bottom line is money!" Ritchie's comments come after being frustrated at the lack of interest by Air Canada to cooperate with its employees about its future plans for Air Canada Technical Services or ACTS. The IAMAW has filed a complaint with the Canada Industrial Relations Board regarding the monetization process for ACTS and the lack of information provided by Air Canada to the Union. The IAMAW broke off talks with Air Canada in 'board-ordered' settlement discussions earlier this week when it became apparent the airline wouldn't provide data about its future plans with ACTS.

"We have people in Vancouver who have recently been given lay off notices and that means there will be bumping of members across this country," said Ritchie. "As a result our people need to make life-changing decisions about their future with this company and this information could ease the burden of those decisions. It's quite clear to me Air Canada doesn't care."

"The information we're after has been available to private investors for some weeks now and since our members are owed billions of dollars by Air Canada to their pensions, how can they be denied the same information" asked Ritchie?

The Canada Industrial Relations Board has confirmed the hearing into this matter will resume on March 29-30, 2007.

The IAMAW, with more than 11,000 members, is the largest union at Air Canada.


Contact Information

  • Bill Trbovich, Director of Communications, International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers
    Primary Phone: 416-386-1789 ext. 31
    Secondary Phone: 416-735-9765