December 29, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Montreal, Quebec – Air Canada and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers announced Dec. 19 that they had reached agreement on a 10-year contract covering 7,500 technical maintenance, airport ramp, and cargo workers.
Details of the deal were not announced, but the union is recommending that members ratify it, saying it would provide more job security. It is the sixth agreement reached this year by Air Canada and its unions, including a 10-year pact with its 6,500 flight attendants in the Canadian Union of Public Employees in November. The others are contracts with the Air Canada Pilots Association, representing the airline's 3,000 pilots; Unifor, for its 4,000 customer-service and sales agents in Canada; the Teamsters for its U.S. unionized workforce; and UNITE for its British unionized workforce. “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,” the Machinists said in a statement. Read more