MONTREAL, Feb. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - CAW represented flight operation crew
schedulers at Air Canada have overwhelmingly ratified a new four-year
collective agreement today.
The new deal settled a number of outstanding issues, including the
proposed relocation of work from Montreal to Toronto (delayed from
March 2014 to March 2016).
The deal secures employment for those flight operation schedulers who
opt not to move to Toronto, at the Montreal Reservations office. The
agreement also protects wages for five years and provides retention and
severance supports for workers. The deal was ratified by 97.5 per cent.
CAW President Ken Lewenza said that he's pleased that another critical
round of negotiations was settled without unnecessary interference in
bargaining from the federal government.
"This was another very challenging set of negotiations and our
bargaining committee produced an agreement that addresses the needs of
the members," Lewenza said. "This is a deal that our flight operations
crew schedulers can be proud of."
CAW Local 2002 President Jamie Ross said the union bargaining committee
worked hard to ensure the members concerns are reflected in the final
"After six tough months of talks we can say that we achieved our
bargaining goals," Ross said.
Negotiations began in August 2011.
This is the second agreement reached between the CAW and Air Canada in
the past week. Unionized in-flight crew schedulers overwhelmingly
ratified a new 4-year agreement on February 15.
CAW Local 2002 represents 46 flight operations crew schedulers based in
Montreal. The crew schedulers are responsible for both long-term and
immediate scheduling of aircraft pilots.
SOURCE CAW Local 2002 (Canadian Auto Workers Union)
For further information:
Leslie Dias, CAW National Representative (cell) 416-315-2134