Tories prep back-to-work bill as Air Canada talks falter

Flight attendants could would walk off the job this week, be forced back soon after


The federal government is prepared to speed back-to-work legislation through Parliament should Air Canada flight attendants walk off the job this week. Talks between the workers and airline management broke down Monday night, and workers could go on strike as early as Wednesday. The flight attendants rejected a previous agreement last month. The Harper government plans to legislate an end to the dispute should it escalate into a work stoppage. The Tories hope to limit debate on the legislation while pushing it through in a single sitting.

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Tories prep back-to-work bill as Air Canada talks falter

  1. 1st Canada Post, now Air Canada.  Are we losing the right to collective bargaining in this country?

    I realize it’s histrionic to call this the beginning of the end of democracy in Canada.  But can anyone prove otherwise?

    Heil Harper!

    • “Are we losing the right to collective bargaining in this country?”

      Sure as HeII looks that way. Won’t be long before legislation is introduced banning strikes altogether, so they won’t have to waste time legislating them back one by one.

      • I’m not sure but this reeks of another “Air Canada bailout” more than a loss of the right of collective bargaining.

        • Following so closely on the heels of the Canada Post legislation, and with the NDP as official opposition, I think Harper is trying to send a loud, direct message to both the NDP and the unions.

          The union said they got 80%; I think they looked at what Harper did to CUPW and decided it’s better 80% than nothing.

          I’m glad a strike was averted, but I don’t like Harper’s activist (and clearly biased) intervention into labour disputes.

          • The union could have gone to binding arbitration but they did not…  perhaps because 80% was a pretty good deal.  Strikes need to be averted, especially in the case of a crappy company like Air Canada because a long strike would mean no company to come back to and a lot of Canadians out of work. 

    • Well, he only “threatened” to legislate and what do you know…they settled. 

  2. Yes, it is hard to argue that Air Canada is an essential service when really they provide almost no customer service.  They should let them strike and let Westjet drum them out of business.

    • …and if they supply no service to their customers, how do you think they are treating staff? Obviously you don’t have family working for AC in this capacity.
      It is all linked together, if the govt can undermine collective bargaining for anyone, they can do it to everyone. If the govt can circumvent legal unions for one employee, they can do it for every employee.
      I to am an ‘essential service’ employee I remember being told I did not have the right to withhold my services regardless of the reason. When it’s our turn healthcareinsider I would hope other employees and unions would support us.

      • Actually what I was referring to was the time I took a flight with Air Canada and they bumped some of us for American Airlines passengers (they are ‘partners’ with that company).  When people balked, an Air Canada representative came to the gate and yelled at us “get away from the desk!”   At that moment, I decided I would NEVER fly that airline again.  You need to fly Westjet to know how customers are supposed to treated.  I work for a crappy employer where only 25 to 30 % of the staff are happy (the norm is 80%) but that is no excuse for treating your clients like dirt.
        I also work in an essential service and expect my union to bargain in good faith and then agree to binding arbitration.  Of course I am a nurse and we agreed to a wage freeze so maybe we are just realistic in times of economic instability.

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