Sunwing Pilot Collective Agreement

The pilots had been out of contract since December and became members of the CAW in January 2012. 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. Members of the Canadian Union of Local Public Employees 4055 have ratified the new collective agreement between the union and Sunwing Airlines. Unifor`s national president, Jerry Dias, joined Unifor 7378 Sunwing Airlines pilots to begin contract negotiations with the employer. Unifor represents 452 Sunwing Airlines Inc. pilots operating from six bases in Canada, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City. 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. “The solidarity of the members and the hard work of the negotiating committee helped ensure a strong agreement for our group of pilots and to remain competitive over the long term of Sunwing Airlines,” said Captain Dave Matkovich, President of CAW Local 7378. The Unifor 7378 Sunwing Pilot collective agreement expires on November 30, 2020.

The union said the agreement should help improve labour relations between employers and pilots. Sunwing Airlines pilots have ratified a new collective agreement. “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. “We hope that 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. “Our members have been instrumental in Sunwing`s success and we are looking for a contract that reflects that,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “I have no doubt that the persistence and management of Unifor 7378 will achieve a fair and fair contract for the hard-working Pilots of Sunwing.” Unifor represents 380 pilots at Sunwing, operating from seven sites in Canada in Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton and various sites in Europe.

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