Air Canada Pilots Ratify New Contract
Air Canada and its pilots union announced that the airline’s pilots had ratified a recently negotiated contract. The agreement, which spans for ten years, was voted on by 92% of the union’s membership. Eighty-four percent voted in favor of the agreement.
The new agreement gives the pilots improvements in the areas of compensation, work rules, and pension.
It “provides our members with stable and secure employment, improved career progression, fair compensation and the opportunity to gain a better share of our airline’s financial success,” said Craig Blandford, president of the Air Canada Pilots Association.
The contract will also give the airline “a mechanism to gain labour stability with its pilots until September 2024 by achieving growth targets,” according to the union. Provided the targets are met, any disputes resulting from contract negotiations in 2017, 2020, and 2023 will be resolved through a mediation/arbitration process.
News of the vote was welcomed by both the pilots and the airline, which termed it a “ground-breaking development” and “a framework for a strong partnership with our pilots.”
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