August 17, 2010
Wasaya Pilots and Management Reach Tentative
Deal Ends More Than Two Years of Talks; First Contract for Wasaya Pilots
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO—The Wasaya pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), announced today that they have reached a tentative contract agreement with their management. Should it be ratified by the entire pilot group, the resulting new contract would be the first for Wasaya pilots.
The new two-year agreement provides pay increases, establishes a seniority system, and implements the first sick bank for the pilots. The agreement is scheduled to be put before the pilot group for a vote in the coming weeks.
“This agreement represents not only a step forward for our pilot group in terms of pay and job security,” said Capt. Jeff Braun, head of the Wasaya unit of ALPA, “but also a leap forward in our relationship with our management. I hope that pilots and management will continue to work together to improve and expand Wasaya Airways LP.”
Wasaya pilots joined ALPA on January 16, 2008, and served Notice to Bargain on February 1, 2008, for a collective agreement with the company. In, February, the parties jointly requested assistance from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). FMCS appointed Federal Conciliation Officer Ms. Jennifer Webster. With Ms. Webster’s assistance, the parties reached a tentative agreement on Friday, August 13, 2010.
“Wasaya pilots throughout this process had the full support of their ALPA brothers and sisters,” said Capt. John Prater, ALPA’s president. “They had access to every resource their union could provide. This agreement demonstrates not only the tenacity of Wasaya pilots, but also the power that unions can have in improving careers and quality-of-life for pilots and workers.”
Wasaya Airways LP provides the majority of airlift to 25 First Nation communities in northwestern Ontario.
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing nearly 53,000 pilots at 38 airlines in the Canada and the United States. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org.
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ALPA Contact: Jennifer Lofquist—(703) 481-4459