« This agreement is a pioneer for Canada`s regional aviation industry and ensures that jazz will be Air Canada Express`s first two-notch large aircraft operator, » said Captain Claude Buraglia, President of ALPA`s Jazz Chapter. « It also ensures that our pilots fly these aircraft in the next 17 years. » The 2015 collective agreement provided pilots with a solid foundation to seize opportunities, which they did in January 2019, when Jazz Aviation and Air Canada reached an agreement to extend their CPA until 2035. The pilot page of the agreement, called MOS-4, was the only work obligation Air Canada needed to extend the CPA for the next 17 years. Although the long-term deal was controversial, 72 percent of jazz pilots voted in favor of the deal and it became the biggest achievement of the year for the Jazz MEC. « Without the luxury of owning the flight and being a `contract holder`, this long-term agreement offers unprecedented stability and security in our industry, » he said. According to Buraglia, this type of job security is very difficult to achieve in the CPA world. Jazz Aviation recognizes that our group`s tariffs are a fundamental exercise of our legal and democratic rights. As a bargaining unit, the jazz management sees us as an asset to the continued success of our airline. Over the years, we have encouraged and developed a mutually respectful working relationship with our employer on many issues, including pilot support, training, safety and benefits, to name a few. We have a long history of downroin with management and we have learned that if we can work with our employer, it benefits our members.
I am aware of some negative and erroneous allegations concerning the jazz pilots` collective agreement and the ALPA. Our group of drivers strives to raise the bar for our drivers and our trade and not create a race to the bottom. In the past, our members and leaders have made difficult decisions when other interest groups have entered the sector and underestimated our efforts. If a Sky regional pilot would like to continue to discuss this topic, please contact us via your organizing committee website at www.alpa.org/skyregional. We want an open dialogue on how our groups can move our business forward together. The ratification of the interim agreement was a precondition for the implementation and renewal of the Capacity Purchase Contract (CPA) between Air Canada and Jazz, as announced on January 14, 2019. The amendment and extension of the CPA is subject to the conclusion of Air Canada`s $97.26 million interest in Chorus, which contains customary terms of execution. Chorus expects the participation to be completed by February 8, 2019 at the latest, after which the amendment and extension of the CPA will be effective. MOS-4 offers long-term viability for pilots who make jazz a career. « This was largely done in the form of a minimum warranty of 80 75-seat aircraft between 2025 and 2035, » Buraglia said.
« Before the agreement, there was no guarantee for all work after 2025. » The second important cornerstone of the agreement provides a reasonable path for pilots who choose to make Air Canada their careers. Air Canada must now offer no less than 60 per cent of its new recruitment annually to jazz pilots with a maximum stop rate of 10 per cent. Founded in 1931, ALPA represents more than 61,000 pilots in 33 airlines across Canada and the United States, including Air Georgian, Air Transat, Bearskin, Calm Air, Canadian North, First Air, Jazz Aviation, Kelowna Flightcraft, Sky Regional, Wasaya, WestJet and WestJet Encore. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA. As Jazz Aviation continues to hire in record numbers, about half of the current group of pilots does not realize the company`s rich history.