Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Air Canada Pilots Dispute Goes to Arbitration after Negotiations Fail: Arbitration for Air Canada Pilots Dispute

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Air Canada Pilots Dispute Goes to Arbitration after Negotiations Fail: Arbitration for Air Canada Pilots Dispute

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TORONTO - A final last-ditch attempt between Air Canada and its pilots to work out a new contract on their own came to a crashing halt Saturday as talks fell through and arbitration appeared the last resort.

The union representing Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) pilots issued a news release Saturday indicating that 10 days of negotiations failed to produce a deal and the dispute was to go to arbitration.

"To say we are disappointed would be a vast understatement," Captain Jean-Marc Belanger, Chair of the Master Executive Council of the Air Canada Pilots Association, said in the news release.

"We did everything possible to reach an agreement, paring down our proposals, addressing the airline's issues and showing flexibility at the bargaining table."

The union wouldn't elaborate on what issues are keeping the two sides apart, citing a blackout that was imposed on the talks.

Air Canada also expressed disappointment, but had no further comment. Federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt's office did not immediately respond to an email.

The two sides were to meet with federal arbitrator Doug Stanley, likely within days, who would lay out the rules for the arbitration process. …

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