When the summer turned to the fall, it was good news, as JNC members were able to meet with management and reach a solid agreement on a transitional and trial agreement. In addition, the new agreement provides for retroactive wage increases of 1% until May 1, 2013 and November 1, 2013. It also includes future salary increases of 2%, which will apply on May 1, 2014 and May 1, 2015. In early 2019, the Joint Bargaining Committees (JNCs) of the two pilot groups met regularly to conclude the transition and process agreement with Canada`s North, while the JNC continued to work on a joint collective agreement to be ready after negotiations with the company began. Due to a busy summer of flight and continued pilot upgrades, pilots were regularly asked to be flexible in terms of timing, payment and contract. This is the collective agreement of CFPA members employed in the public service. Expiration Date January 25, 2023 As behind-the-scenes work between the pilot groups progressed, the approval process for the merger has been slow across the various departments of the federal government, including the Competition Bureau. Transport Canada, the Minister of Transport and the federal cabinet, which had final approval for the merger, were also involved in the process. Following the announcement of a merger between Canadian North and First Air in 2018, pilots from both groups worked with their companies in the second half of the year to ensure the smoothest transition possible. “The implementation of this agreement is an important step that our pilot group can feel comfortable with. But there`s a lot more to come,” Rodgers said. Building on this momentum, the JNC will continue to work internally on the next important steps as we move towards 2020. Bargaining Partners: UNIFOR Collective Agreement Expiry Date: June 30, 2022 Dispute Settlement Mechanism: Conciliation Negotiator: Federal Government Shipyard Trade and Labour Council (Esquimalt) (West) (FGDTLC (W)) Collective Agreement Expiry Date: 30. January 2023 Dispute Resolution Mechanism: The Arbitration and Procedure Agreement provides strong protection and will guide the parties through the continuation of the merger process of the two pilot groups, negotiating and implementing a common collective agreement, integrating pilot seniority lists, merging MECs and operating under a single operating certificate, as merger negotiations will continue in 2020.