Air Canada Reducing Maintenance, Union Fears Job Losses

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The International Union of Machinists and Aerospace Workers claimed Friday morning that Air Canada was temporarily laying off about 255 workers in Winnipeg.

The airline later shot down that claim, saying that its maintenance requirements would be cut back, but denied any job losses.

Union employees working for Aveos Fleet Performance Inc. — the independent company that handles maintenance for the airline — says jobs could be lost by April and into June 2010.

An airline spokesperson said any reduction in maintenance would occur at the Montreal-based Aveos facility, and not in Winnipeg.

Aveos said that despite the union’s claims, no decisions on layoffs has been made.

UPDATED: 3:30 p.m. — Corrects previous version of this story, which the union claimed Air Canada was laying off 255 people in Winnipeg.

— With files from Brian Schultz