First Agreement with Calm Air International

July 12, 2013, 2:35 PM EST

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A new three-year deal has been ratified by CAW Local 2245 members working at the Calm Air System Operations Communication Centre (SOCC) and Calm Air International in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 
The new agreement includes wage increases of approximately two per cent for each year of the agreement, as well as cost of living improvements and a new training allowance.   The agreement also introduces important new language around scheduling, overtime, hours of work and job security, specifically in the areas of lay-off and contracting out.
"This is a great first agreement for us" said bargaining unit co-chair Mary Boudreau. "We have secured language on some of our favorable past practises and can also now rely on many of the new provisions and protections of a collective agreement."
 "This agreement provides us with stability and security for the future as Calm Air International is in a period of expansion and growth," said bargaining unit co-chair Jordan Richards. "The new agreement includes a new sick leave program, provision for leaves of absences, and member representation in operational matters."
Members voted unanimously in favour of the new agreement at a meeting on June 28.
"Negotiations with Calm Air went well, " said Derek Yakielashek, Bargaining Representative for Local 2245.  "Both sides were committed to see this endeavor completed to the satisfaction of all parties involved.  I believe that this is a good first step in the relationship between the CAW and Calm Air."
The CAW represents 15 dispatchers and flight coordinators at Calm Air, who joined the union in 2012.

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