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  2. No one is saying that is why AC went after TS.....much of discussion on this page has to do with the fact that should a merger take place, seniority rules and all junior employees should know that cold hard fact.. No one on this forum knows if a merger will take place or not. No problem speculating but what will happen ....will happen. Just because the Competition Board has issue a statement does not ascertain the future of AT, Negotiations that might be going on are beyond anyone's pay grade here on this forum and no matter what department says what, the final outcome will not be realized until the FEDS say publicly, or behind the scenes to both parties, what is going to happen. The airline industry is a volatile playing field and Nation Air, Royal, Wardair, Canada 3000, Roots, Canadian Airlines, and others have all found that out and life moved on and it will when a resolution with TS is chiseled into an official tablet.
  3. These are the areas that need immediate attention by those currently working in the industry and perhaps a more unified and coherent voice is needed. Simply "exempting" crews from the 14 quarantine while it adds flexibility for carriers, does nothing to protect the crews. One tangible and meaningful way to support the crews and carriers is that the government pays for the seats around aircrews should they need to deadhead to shield them, as well to provide assistance to airlines for crew medevac flights should they get sick away from home. Another one would be providing separate and easy access into secure areas. These show direct support and care. Airlines can take practical steps like dedicated bathrooms, cleaning supplies, minimizing deadheads and multi-day pairings as to allow crews to return to their domicile. That should not be too difficult with such light schedules, and usually extra crews, so God forbid if they do get sick, at least they get back home.
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  5. There was once a great airline called Canada 3000, well liked and I believe profitable in all its quarters except the last one. Unlike some airlines that know how to operate in perpetual losses and bail-outs, it simply didn't know how. In the aftermath of 911, in mounting losses and a tight credit market, it needed the government to "co-sign" its 75 million loan. The Liberal government wanted such intrusive controls that Canada 3000 decided it wasn't worth it to continue. It ceased operations. That gave Transat a much needed lifeline engulfed with mounting pressures of the Azure Glider. Seven years later it got another lifeline when Skyservice failed. The people involved got up and carried on elsewhere. Life went on. It simply is not the burden of other airlines to "save" those jobs; neither is it the burden of governments. That burden solely rests with Transat. It is also the burden of Transat to keep itself financially viable to complete its proposed sale. And it is the burden of Air Canada to do its due diligence and determine whether or not it makes economical sense for it to continue with the deal under the recommendations of the Competition Bureau. After all, it entered the deal months ago for its own economical and operational benefit, not to "save" Transat jobs; that likely has not changed.
  6. With respect... you have never been through a merger have you ?? In ANY industry merger seniority is the only thing that counts until,I in some cases, the issue goes to arbitration...
  7. Canada's Unions deliver clear priorities for federal airline relief package GlobeNewswireView the full article
  8. Canada’s Unions deliver clear priorities for federal airline relief package Yahoo FinanceView the full article
  9. Again, AC will only employ the amount of employees it needs. Currently there are way too many employees. I didn’t realize there was such a pervasive belief that junior people should be sacrificed to protect the senior from starting over.
  10. 7 Air Transat flight crew members have coronavirus: airline 28 March 2020Canadian Aviation News News provided by Toronto City News – link to any updates BY NEWS STAFF, POSTED MAR 28, 2020 An Air Transat plane is seen as an Air Canada plane lands at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal on Thursday, May 16, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz Summary Five flight attendants and two front crew members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus One crew member was from Toronto, the rest are based in Montreal 225 employees are in self-quarantine, the airline said. Air Transat says five flight attendants and two front crew members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The Montreal-based airline said out of the positive cases, one was from Toronto and rest were based out of Montreal. Around 225 employees are in self-quarantine, Christophe Hennebelle, vice-president, human resources and corporate affairs, said Saturday. “[The] numbers are varying every day, with flight crew members being released from quarantine (whenever there is exposure, the entire back crew is quarantined),” Hennebelle said in an email to CityNews. Hennebelle said that they are sending a plane to pick up three crew members that are stuck in Portugal. “One of the infected flight attendants and one of the pilots (and his copilot) were stuck in Portugal, so we have had to dispatch a special A321LR flight to Lisbon to bring them back home,” he said. “I want to reiterate our heartfelt thanks to our employees who are working tirelessly, with little concern for their personal wellbeing, to bring everybody back home,” he added. “Our repatriation operations will be over on April 1.” Share this:
  11. Unless of course that WestJet is looking to take them? But I guess MD2 may be closer to that action.
  12. Isn't it more likely that Transat would be merged or integrated into the Rouge operation?
  13. MIAMI – European carriers face a potential revenue loss of US$76bn and passenger demand 46% below normal, putting at risk about 5.6 million jobs and $378bn in GDP supported by air The post European Airlines Losses Climb appeared first on Airways Magazine. View the full article
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  15. I could be wrong but I don't think that is what he is saying.. If AC and AT merge, junior employees of both companies will be furloughed and that is just a cold hard fact but the upside is that not ALL AT employees have to start all over looking for jobs if AT is allowed merge.... vs..... fail. Obviously AC would not merge with AT because of good will, in order to save jobs...there has to be some gravy for AC with the merger, and yes, junior employees will bear the brunt of any merger....ask me...I have been through two.
  16. Graffiti reads: “We can't return to normal, because the normal that we had was precisely the problem.”
  17. Not when I arrived in YUL 10 days ago......... but I was advised by the little old lady, when leaving YUL, that I should take my temp 4 times a day.
  18. And of course the absolutely embarrassing situation the Conservatives put Trudeau in had no influence on this happening...aha....
  19. Has anyone observed temperature checks being used as a screening tool anywhere in Canada?
  20. I support their concerns but when our hospitals are still struggling to maintain their own supply and when nurses are being forced to reuse PPE they normally throw away after each patient, it’s a big ask to demand we redeploy these resources elsewhere. A significant shipment of masks, gloves, goggles and hazmat suits are on their way from China - and they’re a donation at that. Maybe this will allow some reconsideration of the request.
  21. It's what friends do to help friends in time of need. And when you need it, your friends return the kindness. China has donated thousands of medical supplies to Canada to help fight against the spread of COVID-19 across the country. The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa announced Saturday that the Bank of China has donated 30,000 medical mass, 10,000 sets of protective clothing, 10,000 goggles, and 50,000 pairs of gloves, and masks to Canada. As countries band together in solidarity to find a cure for COVID-19, a shipment of N95 surgical masks will also be making its way to Canada, said the embassy. On March 27, Bank of China donates medical supplies (including 30000 medical masks, 10000 sets of protective clothing, 10000 goggles and 50000 pairs of gloves, followed by N95 medical masks) to Canada fighting against COVID-19. We are together! — ChineseEmbassyOttawa (@ChinaEmbOttawa) March 28, 2020 Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne took to social media to thank China for its donation the same day. "Thank you for this donation," he tweeted. "In the face of a global pandemic, supporting each other is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do." The donation come in the wake of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortages worldwide as frontline workers across the globe work to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. China, which has also recently made donations to other countries like Pakistan, is the largest PPE supplier in the world, was forced to shut down its factories earlier this year when the outbreak first took place, causing a shortage in global supply. China's shortage prompted a donation from Canada of 16 tonnes of medical equipment in early February, while China was at the heig
  22. We don't know whether AC will choose to proceed with the acquisition, extricate itself somehow or be persuaded to proceed as part of a bailout of both carriers. We don't know what AC's plans for TS will be if the takeover happens. Until we find out we can only speculate, but I don't think that TS employees displacing AC employees is a given.
  24. That sounds great, but how does it happen? In practice it will happen by displacing other people out of their jobs.
  25. No, but I'd like to see as many Air Transat jobs as possible saved and for those who lose jobs there to have recall rights.
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