Air Canada Pilots Association

Air Canada Pilots Association

August 28, 2009 17:35 ET

Air Canada Pilots Respond to Tribunal Decision on Age of Retirement

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2009) - The Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) received a decision today from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which would have the effect of denying Air Canada's pilots the right to negotiate a fixed age of retirement with their employer.

"We are disappointed with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal's decision to deny Air Canada's pilots the right to negotiate a fixed age of retirement", said ACPA President Captain Andy Wilson.

"The Association has a duty to represent the wishes of the majority of the pilots and we will exercise the legal avenues available to us to ensure that their interests are protected. We are reviewing the details of the decision with our legal representatives to determine the long-term impact on our members and their collective agreement and our options for responding. We will have a more comprehensive statement upon the completion of our study", said Captain Wilson.

The retirement age provided for in ACPA's collective agreement has been in place since the 1950s. Air Canada pilots recently voted by a 3 to 1 margin to uphold the current retirement age of 60.

Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) is the largest professional pilot group in Canada, representing the more than 3,000 pilots who operate Air Canada's mainline fleet.

Contact Information

  • Air Canada Pilots Association
    Captain Andy Wilson
    (905) 678-9008/1-800-634-0944 ext.228
    Cell: (613) 883-7345
    Commandant Serge Beaulieu
    President du CEL de Montreal
    (514) 422-9615 or Cell: (514) 236-2243