9 March Government steps in regarding pilots issues and sends it back to mediators again, big sigh across the country!
8 March Lot of news out today, First pilots have been told to accept Air Canada's final offer or be locked out midnight Monday 12 March. Whose going to give first is the question?
Mechanics have gone into mediation talks, which will keep all parties in this dispute busy for the next couple of months.
7 March Pilots may end up with a day off Monday
12 March as mechanics and luggage handlers have rejected contracts and threaten to strike. Management won't be able to step in, expect airline to possible be grounded unless Canadian government steps in. Here's press release from Air Canada
28 February Talk that pilots maybe on a go slow. Slow turn around's, dripping faucet you know the routine.
12 February 2012 Management make tentative deal with schedulers, mechanics, purchasing agents and baggage handlers. Deals have yet to be voted on by the union members. Details not given to general public.
25 January 2012 CN freight train derailment, passengers will be flown between Edmonton and Winnipeg
So last year.
15 September 2011 We decided to give flight attendants own page move over
13 September 2011 Flight attendants by law will give 72 hours notice of strike if necessary.
27 August 2011 Air Canada flight attendants reject deal from management and will have another strike vote next m6 June Deal made with sales agents and customer service employees with management. Union members will have to vote on whether to accept deal. Back to work.
15 June Will government step in and stop strike? Back to work legislation. globaltoronto.com
13 June. Strike vote will be held 16 May. By law Canadian Auto Workers union 2002 has to give a 72 hour warning of any strike. Meetings to be held 2 April, 26 April to May 24 and 24 to 13 June.
11 June Air Canada Express - formerly Air Canada Jazz - is a separate company and won't be affected by any work stoppages, said Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah. kamloopsnews.ca 11 June Here's what Air Canada has to say. Leave earlier, expect longer line for check in.
11 June Customer service and sales staff 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. Air Canada Negotiations on going this weekend. Air Canada will run full schedule, unions say, expect cancellations.
9 June Rally in Pearson airport today. Hundreds of workers showed up.
26 May Nothing new in the news today.
22 May Now it's Air Canada's sales agents and customer service employees (Canadian Auto Workers union ) who voted for a strike next month unless a new contract comes by Monday, midnight, 13, June. Talks scheduled for 24 May, Tuesday. Management state they will have a contingency plan in place.
19 May Air Canada pilots reject offer. All parties now will be re-grouping at the bargaining table. Air Canada press release
10 May Air Canada leaving baggage on purpose
2 May Pilots union announce a ten day ratification vote regarding collective agreement to end 19 May.
22 April This article says about it all The Star
20 April Air Canada pilots back to bargaining table
9 April Flight attendants contract expired 31 March.
Air Canada pilots will start voting 15-27 April
7 April. Air Canada is starting to make a profit again after some severe financial wrangling. Consequences, unions are back to kicking up.
Air Canada's 6,800 Flight attendants contract expired
31 March. Flight attendants basic pay starts at $18,000. By ten years $37,650 see article by Brent Jang ctv.ca
1 April, 2011:- 3,800 Air Canada reservation, customer service agents threaten strike for
March Air Canada makes deal with Pilots Association.The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers plans to start contract talks end of April.
16 Feb. 2011 Strike by Canadian airports baggage handlers, employed by Handlex. Effecting Toronto and Montreal airports, so far management has stepped in to help. No flight delays have been reported. Your good to go see our front page
Average baggage handlers who work for Handlex earn $14 per hour compared to other companies in same business who pay $17-20 per hour.
26 June, 2010 Jazz Air pilots union has accepted a tentative deal.
7/09 Air Canada has slowly been working hard and has convinced all five major unions to extend their contract another 21 months. A huge step towards obtaining future loans of at least C$600 million ($539 million) to meet immediate financial need or seek bankruptcy protection.
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) will revote on an offer from Air Canada management on 14, July, 2009.
3 July,09 Air Canada Workers Targeting Olympics for Strike, same as South Africa
July 2 (Bloomberg) -- Air Canada’s mechanics and technical staff narrowly defeated a tentative 21-month labor pact yesterday as the country’s biggest airline tries to avoid a strike during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, the Globe and Mail said.
Union spokesman Chuck Atkinson said workers are hoping the Montreal-based airline will offer job protection in return for labor peace during the Winter Games in February, the newspaper reported today.
The workers voted 50.8 percent against a settlement recommended by union negotiators that would have frozen wages until March 2011, the Globe said. Union negotiators will return to the bargaining table this week with the help of a government- appointed mediator, it said.
2/19/09 Air Canada, stock record low, investors shy. Pension deficit, unions, recession, loss of $1-billion last year. Could file for bankruptcy next year, second time in six years! If so airline tickets would still be honored. labor contracts expire midyear. Air Canada has $1-billion in cash reserves from advanced ticket sales which it is using for daily operations. Credit card covenants want Air Canada to have $1.3 billion in cash at the end of June 09. Has to pay debts of $663-million, capital expenditures of $249-million. Obliged to pay pension funds $410 million. Analysts recommend selling assets.
2/15/09 Air Canada, rumblings of strike, employees not happy. Will keep you updated.
One billion dollar loss in 2008.
10/22/08 Air Canada to launch non-stop service between Halifax and Orlando
10/15/08 Air Canada and TAM expand network between major cities in Brazil and Canada.
10/15/08 Air Canada's fare model puts positive spin on fees
10/2/08 Air Canada pilots together with the Continental and United pilots, Sign Protocol Agreement in Response to Airlines Joint Venture
Update 9/19/08 Air Canada announced today that in response to decreasing fuel prices the airline is eliminating all second checked-bag charges
9/10/08 Air Canada To Launch Transborder Inflight Internet (cost?)
4 July 08 Air Canada has slashed its Vancouver-to-Beijing/Shanghai service from 14 flights a week to seven as the airline cuts costs in response to record fuel prices.
6/17/08 Faced with a rapidly escalating fuel bill, Air Canada (AC.B.T) plans to cut its system capacity by 7% later this year, cutting up to 2,000 jobs.
5/9/08 lost $288-million in the first quarter, including a $125-million provision related to allegations of cargo price-fixing by an array of global airlines. Air Canada has firm orders for 37 Dreamliners and options to buy another 23 of the planes. It had banked on delivery of the 787s to begin in early 2010, but the postponement until January, 2012, means the airline will have to scale back its global growth strategy. Air Canada, which had expected to receive a total of 14 Dreamliners in 2010 and 2011, will be forced to keep many of its other Boeing 767s and Airbus models in its wide-body fleet until the 787s arrive.
5/2/08 Shares in Air Canada slipped nearly 3 percent on Friday after an analyst put a "sell" recommendation on the stock and warned that rising fuel prices could slash profit at the country's largest airline.
4/09/08 Newfoundland family furious as coffin was bumped for luggage! canada.com
WestJet Airlines and Air Canada both flew fuller planes in March than a year earlier, the two airlines said on Wednesday. Montreal-based Air Canada, the operating arm of ACE Aviation Holdings, said its March traffic, measured by revenue passenger miles, rose 6.4 percent from a year earlier, while overall capacity increased by 1.7 percent. Its passenger load factor rose 3.5 percentage points, to 79.8 percent, from 76.3 percent in March 2004.
Domestically, traffic increased by 3.3 percent, while capacity decreased by 1.1 percent. The load factor rose 3.4 percentage points, to 79 percent from 75.6 percent a year ago.
Air Canada, the country's major carrier, said March was the 12th straight record month for its load factor.
Number 2 carrier WestJet, Canada's leading discount airline, said its traffic for March 2005 rose 54.7 percent from a year ago, while overall capacity rose 34.7 percent.
Its load factor was up 10.1 percentage points at 77.8 percent. This compares with 67.7 percent last March.
Both airlines have benefited from the demise of discount competitor Jetsgo in early March. Reuters
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