Negotiations With The Airline Have Been Going On For A
The Jazz Master Executive Council (MEC) has announced that they
are conducting a strike ballot of the membership to back contract
demands. Jazz pilots, who are represented by the Air Line Pilots
Association, Int’l (ALPA), have been negotiating with their
management for a new contract for more than a year.
“Jazz Air LP earned nearly $600 million in profits since
exiting the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) in September
2004. Yet, over the course of more than 50 days of face-to-face
meetings and three weeks of federal conciliation, Jazz Air has
offered its pilots nothing whatsoever at the bargaining
table,” Capt. John Prater, ALPA president, said. The
conciliation period ends on May 22, and cannot be extended without
the consent of both ALPA and Jazz Air. Once conciliation ends, a
21-day cooling-off period begins.
“It is incredible to us that the management of this
remarkably profitable airline refuses to share the proceeds of
success with the very people who are responsible for ensuring our
company’s continuing longevity—the 1,519 pilots of Jazz
Air LP,” Capt. Brian Shury, Jazz MEC chairman, added.
“When you rationally consider this, it would be irresponsible
to accept the concessions that Jazz is demanding while at the same
time its senior executives continue to reward themselves
“By taking this action, Jazz pilots are signaling that
their management must stop stalling and finalize a contract that
addresses the pilots’ legitimate needs,” Capt. Prater
emphasized. The Jazz pilot leadership has taken this step very
reluctantly. No strike deadline has been set yet, however the
mandatory cooling-off period will expire at midnight on June 12,
2010. Strike action is possible at any time after that date.