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At CUPE’s request the Canadian Industrial Relations Board will hold an emergency hearing this weekend as the union fights to avert another round of layoffs at Air Canada.

In the two weeks since CUPE was last before the CIRB with Air Canada, the union has tried on numerous occasions to meet with the company to discuss strategies to avert layoffs, to no avail. On October 3 the union and the company met with Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) to begin working on plans for work sharing among flight attendants At the time HRDC requested documents from the company that are necessary to work out work sharing arrangements. Although the company agreed to provide these documents within a day, they still have not done so.

CUPE is calling on the Board to prevent Air Canada from proceeding with layoffs that had been scheduled for October 15. We are also asking the Board to intervene to ensure that Air Canada begins immediately to meet its commitment to work with the union in every way possible to find solutions and alternatives to layoffs.