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Minister Blackburn renders his decision on Air Canada

The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, rendered a decision not to grant Air Canada a waiver from the group termination provisions of the Canada Labour Code, in the event that group terminations take place at Air Canada on November 1, 2008.

"After carefully examining the application, I have decided that there are insufficient grounds to grant a waiver to Air Canada," said Minister Blackburn. "I have instructed Labour Program officials to monitor the situation to ensure that any affected employees receive their entitlements under the Canada Labour Code."

The group termination provisions of Part III of the Canada Labour Code require that an employer that intends to terminate the employment of 50 or more employees in any single industrial establishment within a four-week period give notice to the Minister of Labour, union representatives and non-unionized employees at least 16 weeks before the termination date. The provisions also include the requirement to establish a joint planning committee to make all reasonable efforts to develop an adjustment program for the affected employees.


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