Air Canada Pilots: No Work Stoppage During Holiday Season


19 December 2011


Air Canada Pilots: No Work Stoppage During Holiday Season


TORONTO - Air Canada pilots say there’s no risk of any work stoppage over the Holiday Season, despitetheir ongoing issues with the airline.


“We want to assure our passengers that Air Canada pilots will continue to fly them safely to theirdestinations through the Holiday season,” said Captain Paul Strachan, President of the Air Canada PilotsAssociation.


“Air Canada pilots don’t want a strike. We want to negotiate a new agreement,” Captain Strachan said.“There is no reason for Air Canada or our pilots to take any precipitous action, as long as both partiesnegotiate in good faith.”


Negotiations between the airline and its pilots resumed November 23rd and are proceeding withthe assistance of a federal conciliation officer.  Air Canada filed a notice of dispute with the federalgovernment in late October, triggering the appointment of the conciliator. Under federal legislation, talkscan continue for 60 days or longer, with the agreement of the airline and its pilots.


“Air Canada pilots have waited more than a decade for the opportunity to freely negotiate a new collectiveagreement. We don’t mind if it takes a few more weeks,” Captain Strachan said.


The last contract negotiated freely between the pilots and Air Canada was reached in the year 2000.


The pilots are currently working under a contract which expired at the end of March. Under that 2009agreement, pilots agreed to freeze their wages and benefits for two years and grant their airline hundreds ofmillions of dollars in relief from its pension funding obligations because of the financial difficulties AirCanada faced at that time.


The 2009 agreement was not the first time that Air Canada pilots helped rescue their airline. In 2004,when Air Canada emerged from bankruptcy protection, the pilots took wage cuts of 15 – 30 per cent to keep theairline flying.


Air Canada pilots currently earn less than they did a decade ago.


“Throughout Air Canada’s troubles, our pilots have maintained our professionalism and demonstratedgreat 

patience,” Captain Strachan said. “We look forward to achieving a collective agreement that recognizesour 

pilots’ contributions to Air Canada and their essential role in building a healthy, viable future for ourairline.”


The Air Canada Pilots Association is the largest professional pilot group in Canada,representing the 3,000 pilots

who operate Air Canada’s mainline fleet.



Contact: Paul Howard, Director of Communications 905-678-9008 ext. 222



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