CLR rounds up collective agreement expiries for 2011

Transportation and resources extraction agreements highlight this year’s expiries
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/18/2011

Movement on the roads, skies and seaways of Canada could all be affected by labour relations this year. One of the most contentious negotiations could be between the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU). The current collective agreement expired March 31, just after legislation deeming the service essential was passed on March 30.

In Ottawa, the agreement between OC Transpo and its drivers also expired at the end of March. The union broke off talks with the city in February over scheduling conflicts left over from the last collective agreement. The ATU says it won’t resume negotiations until they are resolved through an arbitrator.

At Air Canada, the CAW opened negotiations with the airline in early February as the first of its five labour agreements covering 3,800 members — including pilots, flight attendants and maintenance crews — expired. Air Canada is in a stronger financial position during this round of negotiations and the Canadian Auto Workers is expected to push aggressively for better wages and benefits. Air Canada will also be negotiating new agreements with 22,000 other employees in various unions.