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Flight Attendants at Air Canada have given their union a strong strike mandate. On a vote held between September 4 and September 13, 98 per cent of members of the Air Canada Component of CUPE voted in favour of strike action.

A strike vote does not mean we will necessarily go on strike, but it means we will strike if we need to. What we want and still hope for is a negotiated deal with the company”, says Jeff Taylor, president of the Air Canada Component of CUPE.

This is a clear message to Air Canada:  our members are determined to get a fair deal,” says Taylor, “No one wants a strike, but if we can’t reach a tentative agreement which addresses our members concerns, and soon, it could be our only choice.”

A legal strike could only occur after the end of conciliation. In this case, that means a strike could be called at the earliest on Sept. 21, at 00:01 a.m.

The union is determined to negotiate a better deal for Air Canada’s 6,800 flight attendants. After a decade of concessions on wages, pensions and working conditions, the members of the Air Canada Component of CUPE say they deserve a fair deal.

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Pierre Ducasse
CUPE Media Relations