I wrote recently about the Air Canada back-to-work legislation and the unions’ challenge to this legislation that it violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Well, now the arbitrators have been appointed for the labour disputes, notwithstanding the recent constitutional challenge.
It has been decided that Douglas Stanley will be dealing with the pilots’ dispute, and Michel Picher will be addressing the dispute with the machinists (mechanics, baggage handlers, and cargo agents).
The goal is to conclude agreements within a 10-day period beginning in May. If an agreement is not reached, final offer arbitration will take place. This means that both sides would propose a final offer, and the arbitrator would select one or the other.
Perhaps the negotiations will help reduce the animosity between the parties. Air Canada’s operations have been hurt over the last couple of months due to the wildcat strikes involving both unions that led to flight cancellations and disorganization at various airports.
We will keep you posted on this case…
What do you think will happen? Do you think the parties will reach an agreement, or do you think it will go to final offer selection?
First Reference Human Resources and Compliance Editor