Air Canada Pilots Association

Air Canada Pilots Association

November 02, 2006 13:20 ET

Arbitrator Awards Air Canada Pilots 5.5 per cent Wage Increase Over Three Years

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 2, 2006) - Arbitrator Douglas Stanley has awarded Air Canada pilots wage rate increases totaling 5.5 per cent over the next three years.

"Air Canada pilots are disappointed that Arbitrator Stanley's award did not recognize the sacrifices pilots made through two rounds of concessions during bankruptcy protection," says Capt. Andy Wilson, President of the Air Canada Pilots Association.

The wage increases will be in effect until the expiration of the current collective agreement on July 1, 2009. Arbitrator Stanley also ruled that the pilot pension fund will not be indexed to the end of the current contract.

The wage and pension re-opener process was established as an opportunity for all Air Canada employee groups to begin the process of recouping concessions made in 2003 and 2004 during the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) process. The pilots' association and the company met only three times before heading to mediation and arbitration.

Air Canada emerged from bankruptcy protection in Sept. 2004, after its pilots had taken wage cuts between 15 and 30 per cent, in addition to work rule changes.

ACPA is the largest professional pilot group in Canada, representing 3,100 pilots who operate Air Canada's mainline fleet.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    ACPA Communications
    Carl Mavromichalis
    (416) 578-2272
    Capt. Serge Beaulieu, porte-parole
    (514) 236-2243