Jazz Aviation’s crew schedulers ratify agreement

Agreement includes wage hikes, pension improvements
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 09/16/2013

Canadian carrier Jazz Aviation ratified a tentative agreement for its crew scheduling employees, now represented by trade union Unifor Local 2002. The agreement was ratified by 86 per cent of eligible employees.

The agreement represents about 40 Halifax-based crew schedulers employed at Jazz and will be in place for a four-year period, expiring on June 30, 2016.

Wages are set to increase two per cent for each year of the agreement and employees will also see vacation and pension improvements, an increase to loyalty premium and enhancements to time bank. Changes were also made regarding sick leave and family care days, statutory holiday top-up and pay rates, and VSP’s.

Chorus Aviation, the Halifax-based company that owns Jazz and operates the majority of Air Canada’s regional services, announced the agreement. Jolene Mahody, chief operating officer at Jazz, said the agreement will ensure labour stability until the next round of bargaining — for all employees — begins in 2015.

“The membership at District 622 should be proud of the very first collective agreement ratified under our new Unifor 2002 banner,” said Jamie Ross, president of Local 2002. “It is a comprehensive and progressive package for our members — just like Unifor.”

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