April 2012 Government mediator sides with Canadian government. Pilots now required to suck up a five year deal which is good till April 2016.
Travel, 2012 Air Canada pilots strike perhaps in the near future? If so will effect flights from Vancouver to Toronto, Montreal and in between and long hauls to Europe and South America.
13 April 2012 It's the week-end, which means Air Canada pilot sick-out! Well coordinated. Ten flights cancelled today. Here's what Air Canada has to say:-
April 13, 2012 -- Due to illegal job action by some Air Canada pilots, Air Canada is experiencing delays and some cancellations of flights today. Air Canada is making every effort to re-accommodate affected customers on alternate flights.
Customers are requested to check the status of their flight at aircanada.com before leaving for the airport.
In order to facilitate changes to travel plans, Air Canada has revised its ticketing policy for customers booked on flights today and tomorrow. Those customers wishing to make alternate travel arrangements can do so without penalty, space permitting, by using Air Canada's self service rebooking tool at aircanada.com, on their mobile device, or by contacting Air Canada Reservations toll free in Canada and the U.S. at 888-247-2262; TTY: 1-800-361-8071 or Air Canada Reservations worldwide. Due to increased call centre volume, wait times will be longer than usual.
We apologize to customers affected and thank them for their patience.
Updates will be made available on aircanada.com.
Friday, 23 March 2012 Air Canada baggage handlers went on strike today cuasing airline to cancel flights. Airports effected are Toronto, Montreal Trudeau, and Toronto Pearson (passengers sitting on runway for an hr.). Air Canada employees are banned from striking, a rule the government made last week.
Plus according to Reuters Air Canada was going to bring in the police if needed 19 March Pilots call in sick this week, several flights cancelled. Huffington post
9 March Canadian government minister steps in and sends issue back to government mediator. No strike.
8 March Strike off (not) No surprise going into mediation. We thought you were lucky for a short time. Later in the day Air Canada announced pilots must take latest offer or get locked out Monday, midnight 12 March.
Will the pilots go down holding noses or will they not back down? Pressure on Canadian school holidays due.. Whose going to give?
7 March 8,600 Agents, baggage handlers and mechanics are going to give Air Canada pilots a day or two off starting Monday 12 March expect airline to be grounded as management won't be able to step in. Here's the press release from Air Canada
24 January 2012 Air Canada's pilot state talks that started in November last year have failed and that Air Canada has walked out of the talks. This could lead to a possible lock out by the management or a walk out by the pilots. This is an old very bitter dispute. Made even more toxic by Air Canada wishing to start a small low cost subsidiary.
Are Air Canada's engineers happy?