Members of the Canadian Union of Local Public Employees 4055 have ratified the new collective agreement between the union and Sunwing Airlines. The Unifor 7378 Sunwing Pilot collective agreement expires on November 30, 2020. “I want to congratulate the negotiating committee for the good work they have created to build this membership for years to come,” Freeman said. The sixty MEAs ratified the agreement by a margin of 100%. “I would like to congratulate the negotiating committee and the Master Executive Council for their determination and loyalty to their members, this agreement would not have been possible without the support of the members,” said Joel Fournier, Director of Unifor. “We hope sunwing will come to the table with progressive solutions that will help alleviate the glaring realities facing pilots and the aviation industry as a whole,” said Barret Armann Local 7378 President. “Our membership has given a clear directive to the negotiating committee to reach an agreement that respects and appreciates the work of all pilots.” This new collective agreement improves the working conditions of nearly 1,000 Sunwing flight attendants. They work at Sunwing`s eight bases in Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. TORONTO, May 31, 2016 /CNW/ – Pilots at Sunwing Airlines Inc., represented by Unifor Local 7378, have ratified a new collective agreement that has opened new avenues for flight crew members. The five-year contract provides for wage increases of 8 per cent in the first year retroactive to August 8, 2018, 4 per cent in the second year, 2.5 per cent in the third year and two per cent respectively in the fourth and fifth years. Other strengths of the agreement: This agreement replaces the previous agreement, which expired on 31 May 2016.
The new agreement was ratified with 89.7% approval. The agreement is valid for one fifteen years. “We are delighted that our members have accepted this agreement. We were able to negotiate it with the strength and support of our members during the negotiations,” said Mark Brancelj, President of CUPE 4055. Unifor represents 452 Sunwing Airlines Inc. pilots operating from six bases in Canada, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City. The IAM is Canada`s largest air transportation union . .
. . The new contract is to initiate the process of improving the relationship between Sunwing`s management and its pilots. For more information: Please contact Unifor Communications National Representative Stuart Laidlaw at [email protected] or (cell) 647-385-4054 Pilots were able to use Unifor`s influence and experience to secure an agreement that exceeds parity with other groups of pilots in the same area, Fournier said. Stay up-to-date on what is happening at Unifor and how the union is improving the lives of all workers in Canada. Subscribe to our Uniforum e-newsletter. IAM Canadian GVP Stan Pickthall was also very satisfied. “It`s excellent contract management that sets a standard for other non-union airlines across the country.” “We entered into these negotiations because we knew Sunwing had a high wear rate for licensed aircraft maintenance engineers over the past 10 years,” said Dave Freeman, President of IAM Transportation District Lodge 140.
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