TORONTO, March 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Pilots at Sunwing Airlines have ratified
a first collective agreement with CAW by a margin of 78 per cent.
The new deal includes wage and pension increases and a commitment by the
company to recognize fatigue in pilots' schedules.
Captain Dave Matkovich, President of CAW Local 7378 said the new
agreement makes a number of key improvements and meets membership
concerns, including pilot fatigue and scheduling issues. "The
solidarity of the members and the bargaining committee's hard work
helped ensure a strong agreement for our pilot group while allowing
Sunwing Airlines to remain competitive over the long term," Matkovich
said. CAW Local 7378 represents the 155 professional pilots at Sunwing.
The new agreement also includes a number of new jobs being created. The
pilots negotiated wage increases of up to 2 per cent per year over the
term of the three year contract, retroactive to December 1, 2012. Other
gains include improvements to the scheduling system, increase in annual
sick days, maternity benefits, and new work sharing programs to reduce
the number of layoffs in slow periods.
Pilots voted on the new agreement after a series of cross country
meetings held over the last week of February. This ballot count was
conducted late last week.
Sunwing pilots joined the CAW in January 2012. The CAW represents 11,600
members in the air transportation sector including pilots of
Morningstar Air Express, PropAir, Sunwing Airlines, and CargoJet.
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
please contact CAW Transportation Director Ron Smith (cell) 647-284-4535