Release #13.WSG
April 26, 2013

Wasaya Pilots Ratify Collective Bargaining Agreement Containing Across-the-Board Gains
First Wasaya contract negotiated using collaborative Interest-Based Negotiations process

Thunder Bay, Ontario—Today, the Wasaya Airways pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), ratified their tentative agreement with the company. Of the eligible pilots that voted, 85 percent voted in favor of the agreement, which provides improvements across almost every aspect of the contract.

“This contract reassures the pilots at Wasaya that they can have a career here,” said F/O James Harding, chair of the Wasaya unit of ALPA. “It also reflects the strong and cooperative relationship we have with our management, something we will continue to build upon moving forward.”

The agreement, which will be in effect through June 2016, includes improvements in pay rates, the salary system, and the per diem rate. It also provides provisions for additional sick leave and enhanced vacation benefits.

Unlike many contracts, this agreement was negotiated through a collaborative process called Interest-Based Negotiations (IBN), supported by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services of Labour Canada. During the negotiations, the pilot negotiators and representatives from the company shared ideas addressing the issue on the table, discussed options, and then came to a mutually beneficial solution. The use of IBN allowed for expedited negotiations and a better relationship between both sides.

“We are encouraged by the work of the Wasaya pilots in negotiating their second contract since joining ALPA just five years ago,” said Capt. Lee Moak, president of ALPA. “I would also like to thank the Wasaya management for working with the pilots to negotiate a fair and equitable contract in such a short time.”

Wasaya operates routes in northern Ontario and is one of the limited means of getting supplies, medicine, and food to 25 remote First Nation Communities—many of which are inaccessible by road.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilots union in the world and represents nearly 50,000 pilots at 34 airlines in the United States and Canada, including the more than 80 pilots at Wasaya Airways. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org.

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CONTACT: Jen Lofquist, 703/481-4459 or jen.lofquist@alpa.org