OTTAWA, Nov. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, congratulated Bradley Air Services Limited, operating as First Air, and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) on reaching a new collective agreement for all employees, including cabin personnel and flight attendants. Their previous collective agreement expired on March 31, 2014.
The agreement was reached with assistance from the Labour Program's Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, which provides dispute resolution and dispute prevention assistance to trade unions and employers under the Canada Labour Code.
- First Air is the leading airline in Canada's Arctic, providing scheduled service between 30 northern communities and flights connecting them to Ottawa, Montréal, Winnipeg and Edmonton.
- First Air transports over 225,000 passengers and 25 million kilograms of cargo every year.
- Over the last five years, more than 94 percent of collective agreements within the federal
jurisdiction were settled without a work stoppage when the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service was involved.
"I congratulate First Air and CUPE on working together to reach an agreement, assuring continued service for the travelling public and cargo operations. I commend their commitment to collaborative labour relations and their timely resolution of this dispute without affecting service to Canada's northern communities."
– The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information: Contacts: Jeremy Laurin, Manager of Issues and Stakeholder Relations, Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P., Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, 819-953-1509, firstname.lastname@example.org; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, email@example.com