Jazz pilots strike deal

Jazz pilots strike deal

The Air Line Pilots Association Int’l - representing more than 1,500 pilots employed by Jazz Air LP (formerly Air Canada Jazz) - confirmed today they have signed a Memorandum of Settlement (MOS) for a tentative agreement with Jazz Air management representatives after 13 months of intense negotiations.

The pilots’ collective agreement expired June 30th, 2009.

“With unwavering support from our Union, ALPA Int’l, and the full backing of the Association’s resources, we were able to achieve our contract goals”

The MOS forms the basis of a tentative agreement between Jazz pilots and management and establishes the foundation for a fair and equitable work contract.

If approved by the Jazz Master Executive Council (MEC), a tentative agreement will be taken to the pilot membership for a final ratification vote in early July. Details of the settlement will not be released until ratification by Jazz pilots is complete.

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“With unwavering support from our Union, ALPA Int’l, and the full backing of the Association’s resources, we were able to achieve our contract goals,” said Captain Brian Shury, MEC chairman. “The Jazz MEC looks forward to implementing a new collective agreement with the Company once it is ratified by the MEC and our members.”

The pilots of Jazz Air joined ALPA in 1997. Jazz was created by the merger of four Canadian regional carriers: Air BC, Air Nova, Air Ontario, and Canadian Regional.

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.