Air Canada is Taking Federal Dollars and Running, Leaving Thousands of Workers Behind
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January 18, 2021 - by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) for www.businesswire.com
VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The union representing 9,000 flight attendants at Air Canada says the airline is pocketing federal wage supports to pad their bottom line, and leaving thousands of its employees behind.
Air Canada announced an additional 1,400 layoffs on January 13, including 700 active flight attendants at Air Canada Mainline and a further 100 at Air Canada Rouge who are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), on top of thousands of others who have been laid off since the pandemic rocked the industry in March 2020.
Despite months of contending with the airline that all members laid off should receive the weekly Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) – which is the stated purpose of the CEWS – Air Canada contends that only those still on active duty, who represent a fraction of the company's actual workforce, will be used to access this subsidy.
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