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Labour Minister Raitt appoints Air Canada arbitrators

The two unions and the airline announced they would resume talks last month, but were waiting on Raitt to appoint an arbitrator.

OTTAWA—Labour Minister Lisa Raitt has appointed arbitrators in the disputes between Air Canada and two of its unions.

Raitt appointed Douglas Stanley to oversee talks between the company and the Air Canada Pilots Association. Stanley was suggested as a candidate by both sides.

Employees represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers were thwarted from going on strike last month, and Air Canada was prevented from locking out the pilots, when Raitt sent the matter to the Canada Industrial Relations Board.

In the groundworkers’ dispute, Raitt appointed Michel Picher, who was suggested as a candidate by both Air Canada and the IAMAW. Picher was the vice-chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

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