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Air Canada and pilots to return to bargaining table

TORONTO – Air Canada and its pilots are going to try to give negotiations one last try.

The two sides say they’ve agreed to return to the bargaining table for 10 days to try to reach a tentative deal.

They’ll have the assistance of a federal arbitrator.

A news release from the pilots union says if no deal can be reached then an arbitrator will impose a contract.

The federal government passed legislation last week imposing a contract and blocking either side from initiating job action.

The move was not well received by many pilots, and was followed by pilots calling in sick on a number of occasions, disrupting the airline’s schedule.

Air Canada said it won an order from the Canada Industrial Relations Board declaring the action by certain pilots amounted to an illegal strike.

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