Montreal urges Air Canada not to transfer 140 jobs to Toronto

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  1. global_happy_traveller
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    Montreal's mayor and opposition leader are urging Air Canada to reverse a decision to relocate 140 jobs to Toronto from the carrier's base in Montreal.

    Mayor Gerald Tremblay has written to Air Canada president Calin Rovinescu, saying it's vital for the city to keep as many jobs as possible in the current fragile economic climate.

    He also said in the letter made public Thursday that the erosion of the airline's head office in Montreal jeopardizes not only employment but the city's competitive thrust.

    "Montreal occupies an enviable place in the world in the aerospace sector, which is a key factor for its economic development," Tremblay wrote.

    "The transfer of strategic functions from Air Canada's head office to other Canadian cities can only be detrimental to the positioning of Montreal and its competitiveness."

    The jobs involve scheduling pilots and flight attendants.

    The airline has said moving the functions to its new operational control centre in Toronto during the next two years will improve customer service because it will be easier and more efficient to have the people in one place.

    There are now about 250 people at the facility in Toronto, where Air Canada has its main national and international hub.

    Louise Harel, opposition leader at Montreal city hall, said she will present a motion at Monday's council meeting to demand the airline reverse its decision.

    Harel says she is worried the Air Canada headquarters in Montreal will turn into an empty shell.

    She also invited the federal MPs for the Montreal region to exert pressure on Air Canada.

    Eve Peclet, a Quebec NDP MP, urged the federal government in November to keep the jobs in Montreal, saying moving them to Ontario could make it difficult for French-speaking Air Canada employees.

    The Canadian Auto Workers union called on the airline last October to give up its plans, arguing it didn't give any reasonable reason for moving the jobs.

    Source: http://www.citytv.com/toronto/cityn...ir-canada-not-to-transfer-140-jobs-to-toronto
     
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    funny, apparently the need for jobs in ontario in an equally fragile economy is not relevent...
     
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    Not to the mayor of Montreal.
     
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    probably cheaper to do business outside of quebec generally in most cases.
     
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    Aren't AC employees supposed to be bilingual?
     
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    Mais oui, but sometimes, un peu, je peur! :D
     
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  7. I see more francophone YYZ based (flight crew) AC employees very regularly. There are not many good routes for hours out of YUL and many francophone senior flight crew types choos to move to the Toronto area. There were two of them on a recent overseas flight and one on the return.
     
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    I see that frequently on both international and transborder. Fluently bilingual but clearly French is their first language.
     
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    Most times they are fluent on my NYC-YYZ (and definitely YUL) flights, though on the last one, the FA brutalized the French language announcements. :eek: I am glad that Ottawa civil servant who insists on French service was not on the flight! :p
     
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