Air Canada pilots are staging an “informational picket” at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) this Friday (Dec. 8), according to the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the group’s union.
Hundreds of Air Canada pilots, alongside peers from other airlines, will participate in the picket, which the union says will “demonstrate their resolve and solidarity in achieving a world-class contract.”
“If the last year and a half has taught us anything, it’s that busy travel seasons while traveling with Air Canada sometimes come with disruptions and cancellations—and no one knows that better than our passengers. As we near the holiday season, we want travellers to know that the Air Canada pilots are working hard to get them where they need to go, to connect you with your loved ones. We hope that Air Canada is ready to do the same,” said F/O Charlene Hudy, chair of the Air Canada Master Executive Council, in a statement.
“Air Canada’s future success, both financially and operationally, will require the airline to recognize the value of its pilots and take steps to attract and retain experienced pilots in the flight deck to help the airline succeed. It’s vital that we can retain our pilots.”
The pilots’ last collective agreement was reached nine years ago.
The ALPA began the bargaining process for a new agreement in June, one day after fellow union members at WestJet ratified a new deal.
When Air Canada’s pilots staged an informational picket at Toronto Pearson airport in September, it did not affect the airline’s flight schedule.