Jazz Air Technical Services Ratify New Agreement, Avoiding Strike

September 12, 2009, 9:00 AM EST

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Workers at Jazz Air in the technical services department have ratified a new three year collective agreement. The approximately 900 workers across the country approved the deal by a margin of 61 per cent. The workers are represented by CAW Local 2002. 

The deal was reached on August 30, with voting taking place from September 8 to11.

The new agreement provides a six per cent pay increase over the three years, establishes premium pay for all classifications, an increase in responsibility pay for some classifications, as well as other improvements.

"We are proud of the work of the bargaining committee and what they were able to bargain in these challenging times," said CAW National President Ken Lewenza. "The new agreement moves everyone forward. This is the first collective agreement bargained and ratified by this membership."

Past settlements with Jazz Air were reached through arbitration or during the CCAA process.

"The bargaining committee and the employer started miles apart but armed with the strong strike mandate of 95 per cent, the CAW was able to move the employer to a position so that all workers made progress," said Bargaining Committee Chairperson John Murawesky said. "I want to thank the bargaining committee for all of the many hours of work that went into reaching this agreement and thank the membership for their support and solidarity throughout this process."

"The gains we have made here were only possible because of the hard work of the bargaining committee and the solidarity of the membership," said CAW National Representative Ron Smith said. "This is an agreement reached between the parties and ratified by the membership --that's something I am very proud of. Negotiating is a process that involved two parties, you never get everything you set out to attain."

CAW members in Jazz's technical services department maintain Jazz Airlines aircraft fleet, including line operations at major Canadian airports such as Halifax, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, London, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver and as well as heavy overhaul in London and Halifax.

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