Air Canada Pilots Association

Air Canada Pilots Association

February 14, 2012 18:01 ET

Vote Shows Air Canada Pilots United for Negotiated Contract

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2012) - Air Canada pilots have voted 97 per cent in favour of a strike mandate, giving their Association an overwhelming mandate to achieve a negotiated agreement at the bargaining table. More than 97 per cent of the pilots took part in the vote.

"This vote demonstrates that Air Canada pilots are united in their desire to reach a freely negotiated agreement," said Captain Paul Strachan, President of the Air Canada Pilots Association. "The corporation must now recognize the resolve of Air Canada pilots and come to the bargaining table with a renewed commitment to negotiations in good faith."

Captain Strachan also reassured the airline's passengers that the pilots do not want a strike. "Pilots were forced to take this vote as a defensive measure because the corporation chose to put itself in a legal lock out position," he said. "Air Canada pilots have demonstrated their commitment to reaching a negotiated settlement by continuing to fly under a contract that expired in March 2011."

Negotiations will continue with the assistance of a new federal mediator, to be appointed by federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt.

"We welcome the federal government's support for free collective bargaining," Captain Strachan said.

Air Canada pilots have been unable to freely negotiate a contract for more than a decade. Their last agreement froze their pay for more than two years and provided their airline with hundreds of millions of dollars in relief from the corporation`s pension funding obligations.

"Air Canada pilots have been more than fair and reasonable, maintaining their professionalism throughout these difficult negotiations. We trust the corporation will match the pilots' commitment to reach a negotiated settlement and, as such, there is no reason why our passengers should be concerned about their travel plans."

The Air Canada Pilots Association is the largest professional pilot group in Canada, representing the 3,000 pilots who operate Air Canada's mainline fleet.

Contact Information

  • Air Canada Pilots Association
    Paul Howard
    Director of Communications
    905-678-9008 ext. 222
    Cell: 647-401-4521
    phoward@acpa.ca