Well thats one more Airline that CUPE is helping to run into the ground...Thats got to be at least three now....WELL DONE!!!
Tuesday February 11 9:10 AM EST
CUPE Union Rejects Air Canada Costs-Cutting Plea
TORONTO (Reuters) - The union representing Air Canada's flight attendants has rejected the airline's request to cut labor costs, damaging Air Canada's plans to slash costs in an effort to rein in deep losses.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees said in a statement posted on its Web site that new concessions were not warranted and a contract finalized five weeks ago should stand.
"The current bargaining committee is not willing to enter into discussions with the company for further changes to our new collective agreement," said the Feb. 7 statement.
"Nothing in what the company told us about the future of our industry was new or not known at the time of bargaining late last year. The company's concerns should have been addressed then."
It added: "To now attempt to get more outside of regular bargaining is to make a mockery of our new contract and the collective bargaining process. A deal is a deal."
Air Canada said last week that it was looking for C$650 million ($425 million) in cost cuts to improve the airline's health after it reported a C$364 million fourth-quarter loss.
CUPE said that would amount to "a 23 percent payroll cut."
The Montreal-based airline faces strong competition, higher than expected losses and rising fuel costs. It has some C$12 billion of debt and aircraft lease obligations.
The Globe and Mail newspaper said other unions were ready to negotiate with Air Canada on cutting costs. It said the Canadian Auto Workers union, which represents customer service workers, said it will consider changes to work rules but will not accept pay cuts or layoffs.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers is willing to discuss Air Canada's requests through collective bargaining negotiations already under way.
The union representing the airline's pilots says it will hire financial advisors to do due diligence on the company, the newspaper said.
"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada