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Air Canada and its pilots return to bargaining table

April 20, 2012, Toronto - Air Canada and its pilots are returning to the bargaining table.


April 20, 2012
By The Canadian Press

The two sides have agreed to try negotiations for 10 days in hopes of reaching a tentative deal, with the help of a federal arbitrator.

The union representing the three-thousand pilots says if no agreement can be reached, then an arbitrator will impose a contract.

The federal government passed legislation this year imposing a contract and blocking either side from initiating job action.

Pilots were unhappy with the move and a number of them called in sick, causing significant disruptions to the airline's schedule.

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Ottawa also intervened this year to prevent a strike by Air Canada ground crews and some ground staff in Toronto staged a wildcat strike to show their anger.

Last year, Air Canada ticket agents and customer service staff staged a brief strike before reaching a deal amid a threatened back-to-work bill.