Some Air Canada pilots threaten to call in sick to air frustrations

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By The Canadian Press

A message on the airline's website warns 'airport disruptions' could disrupt flights across the country all day and into the weekend.

[TORONTO, ON] — Air Canada has issued a Canada-wide travel alert amid reports of possible job action by some pilots.

A message on the airline's website warns "airport disruptions" could disrupt flights across the country all day and into the weekend.

The alert comes as various media reports say a small group of pilots may stage a 'sick-in' to express their displeasure with airline management.

The Air Canada Pilots Association has reportedly urged members to go to work as usual and disregard pilots who want colleagues to book off sick.

There was no indication early today that pilots have been calling in sick, although there are a handful of flight cancellations in Toronto and Montreal.

Air Canada (TSX:AC.A) has been embroiled in several labour disputes over the past few months, including with its 3,000 pilots.

In March, federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt referred disputes with the pilots and Air Canada's 8,600 ground crew to the Canada Industrial Relations Board.

A back-to-work bill was passed in mid-March, but some ground workers staged a wildcat strike on March 23rd that affected several Air Canada flights.

Organizations: Air Canada, Air Canada Pilots Association, TSX Canada Industrial Relations Board

Geographic location: TORONTO, Canada, Montreal

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