Labour Minister Appoints Federal Arbitrators
MONTREAL, May 2, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada said it has been advised by the Federal Minister of Labour, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, of the appointment of arbitrators in accordance with Bill C-33, Protecting Air Service Act.
The Minister has appointed Mr. Douglas Stanley to act as arbitrator between Air Canada and ACPA representing the airline's 3,000 pilots, and Mr. Michel Picher to act as arbitrator between Air Canada and the IAMAW representing the airline's 8,600 mechanics, baggage handlers and cargo agents. Both appointments are effective immediately.
On April 19, 2012, Air Canada announced it would enter into a 10-day negotiation period with ACPA to begin following the appointment of an arbitrator by the Minister of Labour. On April 27, 2012, Air Canada announced a similar agreement for a 10-day negotiation period with the IAMAW.
Air Canada, ACPA, and the IAMAW will have no further comments during the course of these negotiations.
Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 180 destinations on five continents. Canada's flag carrier is the 15th largest commercial airline in the world and in 2011 served more than 33 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 60 Canadian cities, 57 destinations in the United States and 63 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,290 destinations in 189 countries. In 2011, Air Canada was ranked Best International Airline in North America in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers conducted by independent research firm Skytrax.
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