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Air Canada Teamsters Tentative Agreement

An Important Message From Your Bargaining Committee

Dear brothers and sisters,

After many months of negotiations, the Teamsters Airline Division is pleased to announce it has reached a tentative agreement on a new 7-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with Air Canada.

The agreement includes substantial improvements in terms of wage increases, job security and equal access to health care and retirement plans.

Click here for a full copy of the tentative agreement.


Ballot packages will be mailed out to members on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Voting credentials will be enclosed in this ballot package along with detailed instructions for casting ballots electronically.

On Tuesday, March 24, 2015 we will begin accepting NEW or REPLACEMENT Voting Credentials which members can receive by US Mail, e-mail or text. Members can request new or replacement Voting Credentials by contacting their local union. Electronic ballots will be tallied on Tuesday, April 14 at noon (Eastern Time).


As shown below, the contract provides increases to the top of the wage scale of 2 percent each year for the first three years of the contract beginning July 1, 2012, and 3 percent each year for the next two years of the contract followed by 2 percent for the last two years of the contract.

Year 1

July 1, 2012

Year 2

July 1, 2013

Year 3

July 1, 2014

Year 4

July 1, 2015

Year 5

July 1, 2016

Year 6

July 1, 2017

Year 7

July 1, 2018








Additionally, in 2018 there will be a lump sum bonus of 2 percent of eligible earnings for all members, to be paid prior to February 15, 2018.

Wage Scales

A1 and A2 wage scales in the new agreement will replace the previous A1, A2 and A3 wage scales. All bargaining unit employees hired after October 16, 2006 will be moved to the new A2 wage scale.


Section 1 of the CBA between Air Canada and the IBT contains “scope” provisions which protect employees’ jobs by preserving certain work for Teamsters-represented employees only. Work protected by “scope” cannot be subcontracted out or performed by non-represented employees. All Scope provisions from the former contract remain in the new agreement.

In addition, under the new tentative agreement which we are asking you to ratify, our Scope protections are greatly expanded. Air Canada will be barred from giving work any work currently being performed by Air Canada employees to employees of any other carrier or employer.

This blanket no-subcontracting provision protects our work even if flights at a station are entirely replaced with another carrier’s flights – whether that carrier be Jazz, Rouge, or any other capacity provider. This protection continues until a new agreement is reached and ratified after the June 30, 2019 amendable date of the contract now being voted on. This is an important protection. Currently, all Air Canada flights in Washington National, Boston and Chicago are performed by Sky Regional, while Air Canada maintains its workforce there. This protection requires them to continue to do so, and requires the same in other stations where the company may replace its flying with that of Jazz, Sky Regional or Rouge or any other carrier, even those that don’t yet exist or do business with Air Canada presently.


Under this agreement, Air Canada will maintain its current defined benefit pension plan. Employees who were never eligible to participate in the Air Canada Defined Benefit Plan because they were hired after the cutoff date of October 16, 2006 will be receive a 3 percent contribution in the 401(k) plan under the terms specified in the agreement. A negotiations reopener for pension benefits will occur in 2017.


The existing health care plans are being replaced with a Standard Plan and a Buy-Up Plan. You may elect to participate in either plan depending upon your own individual needs. Detailed information on the monthly premiums and the coverage provided by the Health Care Plans is contained in the individual tentative agreement on Health Care Plans.

In closing, this tentative agreement comes to you with the full support of your IBT Bargaining Committee.

Click here to read the tentative agreement and scroll to the bottom of this page to see a guide to changes from the previous tentative agreement.

Please direct any questions you may have in regards to your individual wage increase and/or retro pay to your Local Union Business Representative.

We thank you for your support and urge you to vote ‘yes’ for ratification of the new CBA.


David Bourne

Director, IBT Airline Division

Clacy Griswold

Chair, IBT Airline Division

Roly Pina

Air Canada Negotiating Committee,

Business Agent, Local 769

Nate Gushi

Air Canada Negotiating Committee

Business Agent, Local 986

Chad Satter

Air Canada Negotiating Committee

Member, Local 986

Rudy Gonzalez

Air Canada Negotiating Committee

Business Agent, Local 856

Angela Papazis

Air Canada Negotiating Committee

Member, Local 769

Evelyn Benson

Air Canada Negotiating Committee

Member, Local 769

Philip Czochanski

Air Canada Negotiating Committee

Shop Steward, Local 210

Cynthia de Figueiredo

Air Canada Negotiating Committee

Business Agent, Local 210

George Graham

Air Canada Negotiating Committee

Recording-Secretary, Local 781

Bob Fisher

IBT Airline Division Representative


In order to assist you in finding the changes to the last TA please look for new language which has been underlined. Removed language is struck through. You will find changes in the following sections:

  • Preamble: Page 1
  • Term: Page 1
  • Wages: Pages 1-4, with further detailed changes between Pages 10-12
  • Health Care: Page 5, with further detailed changes between Pages 13-18
  • Pensions: Page 5, with further detailed changes on Page 19-20
  • Classification and Scope of Work: Page 5, with further detailed changes between Pages 24-25
  • Vacation and Holidays: Pages 6-7
  • Medical Disability: Page 7
  • Cargo: Page 8
  • Miscellaneous Items: Pages 8-9

This list includes only the highlighted changes from the previous TA. All other terms remain unchanged.