December 23, 2015
By John Quinn, LaborPress Canada
Montreal Canada– Air Canada has reached a tentative agreement with 7,500 members of IAMAW. The union represents technical maintenance, airport ramp and cargo personnel. Details will not be released pending ratification by the union members.
This is the first time in over a decade we have been able to bargain freely without the threat of bankruptcy or government interference hanging over us,” said Union Spokesperson Fred Hospes in a statement.
The previous round of labour talks at Air Canada were among the most acrimonious in the airline’s history. They included a 12-hour illegal walkout by baggage handlers and ground staff that disrupted flights. The federal government had to intervene.
This new agreement with the IAMAW on collective agreement terms for ten years is an important achievement that will support long-term and profitable growth at Air Canada and one that recognizes the important contribution of IAMAW members,” Calin Rovinescu, president and chief executive of Air Canada said in a statement.