Calin to Globe: Toronto is our future

Old Oct 15, 10, 10:49 pm
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Calin to Globe: Toronto is our future

Today Mr. Rovinescu sounds very little like the brash table thumper in the early 2000s who incensed the airlines unions with his demands for cuts to pensions and other benefits. Leadership, he says, pointing his finger again at the middle of the table, “has to come from the centre.” He says “I can’t deliver” unless the airlines 23,000 employees are “empowered,” “inspired” and “motivated.”

Air Canada has made strides eliminating what he calls a lingering sense of “entitlement” in the ranks that stems from its past as a Crown corporation. These gains will be tested in the spring of 2011 when most of its union contracts come up for renegotiation, but borrowing another page from the CEO-is-a-coach manual, he says he has faith the unions will be “responsible and constructive.”

“People have seen how much we can accomplish when we work together,” he says.
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