Air Canada announced today that Human Resources
Development Canada (HRDC) has approved the airline`s voluntary Workshare
Program for employees represented by the CAW, designed to mitigate job
reductions. The Workshare Program compensates employees for reduced hours
through the Employment Insurance (EI) Workshare Program. Over 2100 CAW
customer sales and service agents have applied to participate in the program.
On November 29, 2001 Air Canada announced that it had reached an
agreement with the CAW on voluntary workplace programs to mitigate job
reductions. The agreement, which builds on a tentative agreement on
worksharing reached October 21, is expected to result in significant cost
reductions through programs including the job sharing program as well as
leaves of absence and a special retirement incentive severance plan. The
agreement takes immediate effect with savings to be realized beginning in
early January 2002.
The Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) locals 2213 and 1990 represent
approximately 6600 Air Canada customer sales and service agents at airports
and call centres in Canada.