slawko
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AC Pilots Vote To Strike!

Tue Jun 27, 2000 3:05 am

Looks like the pilots are going to go on strike....they just announced that a majority of the pilots have voted to strike...Although I think that the Federal Government will legeslate them back to work within a day of going on strike........
"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
 
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RE: AC Pilots Vote To Strike!

Tue Jun 27, 2000 3:12 am

Americans, tell your congressmen to take notice of what's going on in Canada!!!

Canada allowed its two strong majors to merge, and now what happens when the merged carrier strikes? One of two things:

1) Canadians are stranded, not being able to fly anywhere

or

2) The government disallows airline strikes, and now the Canadian worker has lost his voice, and his power to direct his future.


If the 6 largest majors in the US merge down to 3, expect the exact same thing to happen here. How cool would that be? (Sarcasm.)
 
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RE: AC Pilots Vote To Strike!

Tue Jun 27, 2000 3:20 am

Well just to correct something....not all Canadians will be stranded Canadian Airlines is still flying, as are all the charters, which all have schedual Domestic and a few internationl flights......

The issues are: AC wants the pilots to work longer hours....like 19-24 hour days
2) The pilots want to narrow the gap between their pay and the pay of US pilots who fly simmilar routes...
3) The pilots are worried about AC wanting to move the RJ's over to the New Regional Airline
4) The pilots want to know what will happen to them when AC starts the new Cargo Airline using B744F's, and the new low cost airline....
There are some more but I'm not sure what they are



Just for your info...92% of the pilots voted, and 95% of those voted to strike........
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RE: AC Pilots Vote To Strike!

Tue Jun 27, 2000 3:23 am

You can get updates and watch the new conference on right now, at www.cbc.ca
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RE: AC Pilots Vote To Strike!

Tue Jun 27, 2000 3:26 am

Have any dates been announced yet as to when the strikes will take place?
 
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RE: AC Pilots Vote To Strike!

Tue Jun 27, 2000 3:29 am

Legally they could walk out in 72 hours..so I guess that would be Thursday, but right now they are saying that Saturday night will probably be the earliest they will walk out...they are also saying that it may not be a full blown strike, but just a rotating strike, somthing that AC doesn't want because it causes even more problems for passengers, and for other employees....
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RE: AC Pilots Vote To Strike!

Tue Jun 27, 2000 3:35 am

I heard they were looking at a work to rule campaign, at least that was on the radio this morning, but I rather think we'll see this settled soon, there's more negotiations scheduled and both sides realize they'd lose a lot in a strike situation, I could be wrong but right now it looks like brinkmanship that both sides are playing.
 
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RE: AC Pilots Vote To Strike!

Tue Jun 27, 2000 4:25 am

Apparently, Saturday is the earliest that AC pilots will walk out. But AC is probably going to try to negotiate with the pilots further until Thursday or Friday this week. Hopefully, the strike will be averted, but things don't look very good. The pilots have voted 95% in favour of a strike, so that means the pilots are getting serious about going on strike.

Although passengers will still fly on CP aircraft, AC flights will be cancelled. US pilots don't want to go in as replacement pilots during a strike. The Government of Canada in Ottawa has said it would threaten to open the skies to let US carriers fly on routes within Canada, but I'm not sure if Ottawa'll really do that, as it may be a scare tactic or something. I could be wrong about this, though, if Ottawa does get serious. Most likely, Ottawa will probably legislate a strict back to work order on the pilots.

My mom will be flying to LHR on June 30/July 1, so she might not likely get stranded, but as she's returning on July 18, she might get stranded if the strike really drags on and the federal government does nothing to put the pilots back to work.