MONTREAL, Jan. 24, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada confirmed today that
it remains at the negotiating table awaiting a response from ACPA, the
union representing its pilots, to a comprehensive proposal tabled by
the Company on Monday January 16, 2012.
Air Canada has been in negotiations with ACPA since October 2010.
Following the rejection of a first tentative agreement reached in May
2011, the Company waited six months for ACPA to return to the
negotiating table. The two sides have now been in discussions assisted
by a federally-appointed conciliator since early November 2011.
Following two separate extensions to the conciliation timeline, the
negotiation process is advancing to mediation, as permitted by the
Canada Labour Code. In this phase, the conciliator will assume the role
of mediator and will continue to oversee the process to bring to
conclusion the talks started in late 2010.
Contrary to certain allegations by union representatives, Air Canada is
not abandoning its efforts to negotiate a new contract with its pilots.
Indeed, Air Canada remains at the table awaiting a response to its most
recent offer. In light of two separate recent extensions to the
conciliation period, it is also inaccurate to say that Air Canada has
refused requests to extend conciliation timelines.
In view of the time elapsed since the start of negotiations towards a
new collective agreement, the Company is of the view that the 21-day
mediation period provides ample time to the parties to reach agreement.
ACPA represents approximately 3,000 pilots employed by Air Canada, and
its collective agreement expired on March 31, 2011.
Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international full-service
airline providing scheduled and charter air transportation for
passengers and cargo to more than 180 destinations on five continents.
Canada's flag carrier is the 15th largest commercial airline in the
world and serves 34 million customers annually. Air Canada is a
founding member of Star Alliance. For more information on Air Canada
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