In previous contracts, workers hired after 2004 were paid less. These members will see an approximate increase in pay of up to 75 per cent over the life of the collective agreement. Toronto (June 16, 20099) – After weeks of intense negotiations, Air Canada has reached preliminary agreements with its five unions for a 21-month moratorium on pension funding. Yesterday, an agreement was reached with the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA), which represents approximately 3,200 pilots, and with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents approximately 6,700 flight attendants. « Unifor members have made sacrifices for the company in more difficult times and are now earning a share of Air Canada`s record profits, » said Jerry Dias, Unifor`s national president. « This agreement does this and more. Not only have we negotiated historic wage increases that eliminate the two-tier wage scale, but we have also created a higher level for those working in the service sector. In addition, the Company obtained a rate extension with ACPA on a cost-neutral basis for a 21-month period, similar to the agreements with IAMAW, CAW Local 2002 and CALDA. The contracts of the four unions stipulate that wage rates and the level of pension benefits must not change during the extension period. The contract renewal agreement and the moratorium agreement on pensions are subject to ratification of membership. The airline has just signed interim agreements on a moratorium on pension funding with all of its unionized employees in Canada, after reaching an interim agreement with its three unions, Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), International Association of Machinists and Civil Aviation Workers (IAMAW) and the Canadian Airline Dispatchers Association (CALDA), on June 8, 2009.

TORONTO – Unifor members who work as customers and Air Canada customer representatives ratify a historic collective agreement. « We are very pleased that our employees in the United States have ratified a new 10-year collective agreement. This result underscores the direction of the IBT and our employees on Air Canada`s successful business strategy to continue to develop a sustainable and global business, » said Craig Landry, Executive Vice President of Air Canada. « I commend the negotiating committees and our colleagues for the conclusion of this remarkable result, which provides our U.S. employees with long-term stability in this highly competitive and transformative industry. Pension agreements remain conditional on Air Canada and CUPE concluding an extension of the collective agreement on terms satisfactory to each of them, and these discussions are ongoing. Unifor 2002 represents 5,600 Air Canada employees. Unifor is Canada`s largest private sector union and represents 315,000 workers in all major sectors of the economy. The union defends all workers and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and aspires to progressive change for a better future. About Air Canada Air Canada is Canada`s largest domestic and international carrier, serving nearly 220 airports on six continents.