The interest arbitration process of the second Collective Agreement reopener, 2022, takes place later this fall. The interest arbitration is the legal procedure by which an arbitrator (Eli Gedalof) determines the contents of the Collective Agreement for the period ending in 2025. The Union took the position that Members should be able to attend the interest arbitration hearing, listen to Air Canada and the Union’s legal arguments and evidence, and watch the arbitration process. Air Canada took the position that Members should not be permitted to attend the interest arbitration. It relied on the fact that confidential financial information is at issue in the proceedings.
The dispute was determined by Arbitrator Gedalof and because of the confidential financial information used in the interest arbitration process, which is subject to a confidentiality award, Arbitrator Gedalof ruled that Members cannot attend. A copy of his decision is attached HERE.
We will, however, be able to provide you with information relating to the interest arbitration process and the positions of the Union and the Company. We will provide you with updates throughout this process, which is set to commence in October 2023.
The amendments to the Collective Agreement from the first reopener have been completed. This process is very time consuming and a focus on content and accuracy is required. Please see the updated copy of the Collective Agreement attached HERE with the amendments.