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Canadian union blasts America's ALPA for meddling in Cargojet talks

UNIFOR, Canada's largest union in the private sector, said it will not tolerate interference from US-based Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) in its labour talks with Cargojet, reports Canada News Wire

12 May 2021 - 19:00
UNIFOR, Canada's largest union in the private sector, said it will not tolerate interference from US-based Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) in its labour talks with Cargojet, reports Canada News Wire.

'ALPA is raiding our pilots at Flair Air and this smells like a poorly disguised attempt to raid our pilots by an association that for decades had no interest in smaller operations such as Cargojet or Flair, deemed too small for their corporate model, and now that the pandemic caused mass layoffs, ALPA is hitting new lows. It's clearly an association and not a union,' said Mr Dias.



'To have the president of ALPA preach from Virginia to our pilots on the bargaining committee about fatigue rules and safety is condescending, arrogant and disrespectful,' he said.



Said the Canadian union's press release: 'Unifor Local 7378 pilots are in the process of voting on a tentative agreement, bargained by pilots, for pilots, with no intention of allowing unsafe flight and duty time regulations.'



Said Unifor Local 7378 chairman Mike Powers: 'To suggest that our committee would agree to any exemption not based on safety and fatigue science is another example of an American association trying to interfere with our democratic collective bargaining process.'



Unifor Local 7378 pilots are in the process of voting on a tentative agreement with no intention of allowing unsafe flight and duty time regulations, said the union.



Unifor represents more than 16,000 members working in air transport, including pilots, customer service representatives, aircraft groomers, catering staff and air traffic controllers, to name a few. The union continues to push the federal government to act and create a plan to prevent the current crisis from collapsing the industry entirely.



Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.


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