Jazz Airline Pilots Ratify Tentative Labor Agreement


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Jazz Airline Pilots Ratify Tentative Labor Agreement

By Daniel Baxter

July 13, 2010 - The pilots of Jazz Air LP, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), announced they have ratified a tentative agreement with management. Of the 90 percent of Jazz pilots who voted, 86 percent cast ballots in favor of the agreement.

“We are really pleased with the results,” said Capt. Brian Shury, chairman of the pilots’ Master Executive Council (MEC). “With these strong numbers, our pilots have once again demonstrated their unity of purpose as they have done throughout the entire collective bargaining process.”


The agreement was ratified by the pilots following an intense 60-day period of conciliation and a subsequent 21-day cooling-off period in which the Jazz MEC and Negotiating Committee were able to avert a strike or lockout and reach an agreement with Jazz Air LP management. The achievements made in the TA reflect advances in nearly all areas, including improvements in pension, pay rate, and lifestyle considerations that take into account fatigue mitigation factors.

“I want to congratulate the Jazz bargaining team and the pilot group’s leadership for achieving much-needed improvements in the cornerstone areas of their contract,” said Capt. John Prater, ALPA president. “Their unwavering dedication to accomplishing their contract goals, combined with the solidarity of the Jazz membership with their MEC and Negotiating teams, provided the strength and discipline to get the job done.”

Jazz Air pilots and management now begin the process of implementing the new collective agreement. “This is rarely a smooth process, and there are bound to be issues in the next couple of months. However, Jazz pilots have spoken with a unified voice, and we expect management to deal responsibly and expeditiously with the implementation of the new agreement,” Capt. Shury said. “We will also ensure that our management develops a new approach that respects the pilot group’s contribution to the enterprise.”

Air Canada Jazz, also known as Jazz, is a Canadian regional airline based at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Enfield, Nova Scotia, that is operated by Jazz Air.  It is Canada's largest regional air carrier operating as Air Canada Jazz for Air Canada to 82 destinations in Canada and the United States. Its main base is Halifax Stanfield International Airport, with hubs at Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, and Calgary International Airport.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing nearly 53,000 pilots at 38 airlines in the United States and Canada, including the more than 1,500 pilots who fly for Jazz Air LP.


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