Release 10.JAZ04
July 9, 2010

Jazz Pilots Ratify Tentative Labour Agreement
MEC Leadership and Pilot Unity Credited as Key to Success

TORONTO—The pilots of Jazz Air LP, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), today announced they have ratified a tentative agreement with management. Of the 90 percent of Jazz pilots who voted, 86 percent cast ballots in favor of the agreement.

“We are really pleased with the results,” said Capt. Brian Shury, chairman of the pilots’ Master Executive Council (MEC). “With these strong numbers, our pilots have once again demonstrated their unity of purpose as they have done throughout the entire collective bargaining process.”

The agreement was ratified by the pilots following an intense 60-day period of conciliation and a subsequent 21-day cooling-off period in which the Jazz MEC and Negotiating Committee were able to avert a strike or lockout and reach an agreement with Jazz Air LP management. The achievements made in the TA reflect advances in nearly all areas, including improvements in pension, pay rate, and lifestyle considerations that take into account fatigue mitigation factors.

“I want to congratulate the Jazz bargaining team and the pilot group’s leadership for achieving much-needed improvements in the cornerstone areas of their contract,” said Capt. John Prater, ALPA president. “Their unwavering dedication to accomplishing their contract goals, combined with the solidarity of the Jazz membership with their MEC and Negotiating teams, provided the strength and discipline to get the job done.”

The successful ratification by Jazz pilots represents almost two years of strategic planning and coordination among members of the Jazz MEC and Negotiating Committee. Capt. Shury credits the leadership and support of ALPA’s national officers as well as the experience and dedication of the Jazz Negotiating and Strategic Planning and Strike Preparedness Committees. “We could not have done any of this without the strength and solid backing of our union and our pilot representatives, including the remarkable commitment of our Jazz Pilot-to-Pilot® volunteers who executed an effective communications network for their pilots all across Canada, from Vancouver to Halifax. I want to extend a personal ‘thank you’ to every one who helped make the collective bargaining process work.”

Jazz Air pilots and management now begin the process of implementing the new collective agreement. “This is rarely a smooth process, and there are bound to be issues in the next couple of months. However, Jazz pilots have spoken with a unified voice, and we expect management to deal responsibly and expeditiously with the implementation of the new agreement,” Capt. Shury said. “We will also ensure that our management develops a new approach that respects the pilot group’s contribution to the enterprise.”

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing nearly 53,000 pilots at 38 airlines in the United States and Canada, including the more than1,500 pilots who fly for Jazz Air LP. Visit the ALPA website at


Capt. Brian Shury, Jazz MEC Chair (English): 1 866 423 2006
Capt. Nick Di Cintio (Francais): 1 866 824 8424
Lynn Konwin, ALPA Communications: 703-481-4468,