07/27/2012 04:22 EDT | Updated 07/27/2012 04:27 EDT

Jazz Air Dispatchers' Strike Could Hit In September As Dispatchers Vote To Walk


HALIFAX -- Jazz Air's dispatchers have voted 92 per cent in favour of a strike, and a work stoppage at the regional airline could happen as early as mid-September if conciliation efforts fail.

The 67 Halifax-based dispatchers are represented by the Canadian Air Line Dispatchers Association.

"We've been extremely patient and reasonable throughout this collective bargaining process,'' said Allan Shiell, chairman of the association's Local 2.

"Our proposals are reasonable and not costly to the company.

"We are now at the point where our members feel they have no alternative but to show the company they are serious about getting recognition for their qualifications, responsibilities and dedication to the company.''

Conciliation is expected to conclude by Aug. 27.

Jazz dispatches more flights each day than any other airline in Canada, including Air Canada, serving communities from coast to coast and many cities in the U.S., Shiell said in a news release on Friday.

"Jazz dispatchers rightly believe they should be compensated in line with their responsibilities,'' said Shiell.

Halifax-based Jazz operates Air Canada Express regional flights.