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Air Canada strike

2011-10-21

George Smith, a fellow in the Queen’s University School of Policy Studies and labour relations expert, is available to discuss the potential Air Canada strike.

Mr. Smith feels the Conservative government’s plan to immediately legislate employees back to work is having a negative effect on the negotiation process.

“This is an unintended consequence of the federal government’s plan to legislate employees back to work. If you are Air Canada management what are you supposed to do now? You have agreed with the union leadership to a deal twice and the union membership has turned it down. The union members know there is no price to pay – what have they got to lose by voting it down? This is exactly the reason why a company wants a strike deadline to happen – you want to call the union’s bluff,” says Mr. Smith, who was a former senior vice-president with CBC/Radio-Canada and vice-president at CP Rail before joining Queen’s.

Please note Mr. Smith is only available for phone interviews.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca or Christina Archibald at 613-533-2877 or Christina.Archibald@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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