OTTAWA, ON (NEWS1130) – An arbitrator is now in place to handle the dispute between Air Canada and its pilots.

Labour Minister Lisa Raitt has appointed Douglas Stanley to deal with both sides and resolve this labour dispute. He has been practicing law since 1974 and has also taught law at the University of New Brunswick.

He will issue a decision on the final offers submitted by each party.

Both the airline and the pilots association suggested Stanley as a good arbitrator for this matter. The two sides announced they would resume talks last month, but were waiting on Raitt to appoint an arbitrator.

The pilots nearly went on strike before the government introduced back-to-work legislation. Since then, they have taken part in so-called sick-ins which have delayed and cancelled dozens of flights.

Meanwhile, Air Canada was prevented from locking out the pilots when Raitt sent the matter to the Canada Industrial Relations Board.