Jazz Air Technical Services Ratify New Agreement, Avoiding Strike

    TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - Workers at Jazz Air in the technical services
department have ratified a new three year collective agreement. The
approximately 900 workers across the country approved the deal by a margin of
61 per cent. The workers are represented by CAW Local 2002.
    The deal was reached on August 30, with voting taking place from
September 8 to11.
    The new agreement provides a 6 per cent pay increase over the three
years, establishes premium pay for all classifications, an increase in
responsibility pay for some classifications, as well as other improvements.
    "We are proud of the work of the bargaining committee and what they were
able to bargain in these challenging times," said CAW National President Ken
Lewenza. "The new agreement moves everyone forward. This is the first
collective agreement bargained and ratified by this membership."
    Past settlements with Jazz Air were reached through arbitration or during
the CCAA process.
    "The bargaining committee and the employer started miles apart but armed
with the strong strike mandate of 95 per cent, the CAW was able to move the
employer to a position so that all workers made progress," said Bargaining
Committee Chairperson John Murawesky said. "I want to thank the bargaining
committee for all of the many hours of work that went into reaching this
agreement and thank the membership for their support and solidarity throughout
this process."
    "The gains we have made here were only possible because of the hard work
of the bargaining committee and the solidarity of the membership," said CAW
National Representative Ron Smith said. "This is an agreement reached between
the parties and ratified by the membership - that's something I am very proud
of. Negotiating is a process that involved two parties, you never get
everything you set out to attain."
    CAW members in Jazz's technical services department maintain Jazz
Airlines aircraft fleet, including line operations at major Canadian airports
such as Halifax, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, London, Winnipeg,
Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver and as well as heavy overhaul in London and

For further information:

For further information: CAW National, Ron Smith, (416) 495-3794 or CAW
Communications, Shannon Devine, (cell) (416) 302-1699

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