Air Canada pilots ink 10-year deal

Negotiations, culture to change with new long-term agreement
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/17/2014

Following years of thorny negotiations, Air Canada and the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) recently ratified a 10-year agreement.

Signed on Oct. 31, the deal marks the first collective agreement reached by the two parties without any outside influence since 1996. The current government-imposed agreement is set to expire on April 1, 2016.

"We’ve had a relationship with animosity for quite some time," said Craig Blandford, president of ACPA. "We haven’t had a good relationship for many, many years… I think it really is significant that we’ve worked really hard to change the culture with Air Canada."