Canadian North Pilot Collective Agreement

While behind-the-scenes work between the pilot groups, the approval process for the merger has been slow across the various divisions of the federal government, including the Competition Bureau. Transport Canada, the Minister of Transport and the federal cabinet, which had final approval for the merger, were also involved in the process. Canadian North`s meets the freight and travel needs of more northern communities than any other airline in Canada. Our scheduled services carry approximately 370,000 passengers and more than 22 million kilograms of freight and mail through its extensive and comprehensive line system connecting 31 northern communities to major centres in Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg and Edmonton. “Mergers are usually complicated processes,” Black noted, noting that despite some occasional bottlenecks, “cooperation between the two pilot groups has been exemplary.” As proof of this collaborative spirit and the relative ease of transition, the Joint Negotiation Committee, made up of pilot negotiators from both airlines, met in November with management to discuss the terms of a transition and process agreement. To everyone`s surprise, the parties were able to develop this agreement over a very long day. Interested applicants can submit their CVs to recruit@canadiannorth.com. Please indicate the reference number and position in the subject line. We thank all candidates for their interest, but only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. “This was the merger,” said Captain Peter Black, Chairman of the Executive Council of First Air Pilots (MEC), about the recent activities and focus of his group of pilots.

In 2018, First Air and Canadian North announced their intention to consolidate their operations, underscoring the need to ensure sustainability, especially as both airlines offer passenger and freight services on many identical routes. “At the beginning of the process, it was of the utmost importance for the Master Executive Council [MEC] and the Joint Negotiating Committee to develop a transition and process agreement and promote a positive relationship with first-air pilots,” said Capt. Bill Rodgers, president of MEC of Canadian Northern Pilots. “Good collaboration from the beginning helps make this merger a positive next chapter for our pilot group.” Canadian North is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive compensation and benefit packages. We value training, personal development and promoting career advancement in Canada`s north.

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