Sept. 6, 2013 - Canadian North and UNIFOR Collective Bargaining

Yellowknife                                                                                                                                 September 6, 2013

We are currently in negotiations with UNIFOR (formerly CAW) to renew the collective agreement with our Customer Service Agents in Airports and Cargo. The agreement expired at the end of December 2012. Negotiations began in February 2013.

We remain committed to working with UNIFOR in order to reach the best possible agreement for Canadian North and for all our employees. In the past, we have always reached agreements with all our bargaining units and we remain hopeful that we will be able to achieve the same outcome through this process.

We have a small and defined number of items outstanding, all of which we are very close on and are confident will get resolved through the normal bargaining process. Negotiations are scheduled to continue early next week on September 10 and 11.

We are optimistic that a resolution will be achieved with UNIFOR before negotiations are concluded next week. However, in the event of strike action, contingency plans are in place that will allow Canadian North’s scheduled and charter operations to continue safely, reliably and without disruption. We anticipate no disruption to our scheduled or charter operations.

We will be issuing status updates as the situation progresses.

About Canadian North

Canadian North and its founding companies (Canadian Airlines, Pacific Western, Transair, Nordair) have proudly served Canada’s North with passenger and cargo services for more than 80 years. They offer flights to Northwest Territories and flights to Nunavut through their southern gateways of Edmonton and Ottawa, as well as to select destinations in Manitoba and Nunavut through their partnership with Calm Air. Canadian North also offers air charter services within and beyond the North for industrial clients, sports teams, and large groups. Canadian North is a member of the NorTerra Group of Companies whose parent corporation, NorTerra Inc., is owned equally by Nunasi Corporation, representing the Inuit of Nunavut; and the Inuvialuit Development Corporation, representing the Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic.

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Peter McCart
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Canadian North Airlines

Tel: (867) 669-4000 – or –
(780) 890-2499