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Air Canada Settles With Third Union, Still Seeks Pilots Deal

February 14, 2012

Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Air Canada reached its third union contract agreement in three days today, while pilots voted on whether to authorize a strike.

The Canadian Airline Dispatchers Association, which represents 74 workers at the airline’s operations control center in Toronto, reached a tentative deal with the company, according to a joint statement released today. The deal must be approved by a vote of the union’s members.

Canada’s largest airline, based in Dorval, Quebec, made a pact on Feb. 10 with its biggest union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The IAMAW represents about 8,600 mechanics, baggage handlers and cargo agents. The Canadian Auto Workers, which represents 75 in-flight crew schedulers, signed a deal yesterday.

The Air Canada Pilots Association, which has about 3,000 working members, has yet to reach an agreement with the airline after the pilots rejected a previous tentative deal in May. The union began a five-day strike-authorization vote Feb. 9.

--With assistance from Frederic Tomesco in Montreal. Editors: David Marino, Sylvia Wier

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