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(Toronto) Flight attendants at CanJet are the latest workers to unionize with the Airline Division of CUPE. The Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) last week certified CUPE as the bargaining agent for flight attendants at the Halifax-based carrier.

We are extremely pleased that the flight attendants at CanJet have voted to join CUPE, said Francois Bellemare, President of the Airline Division of CUPE. It only makes good sense with over 10, 000 members, the Airline Division of CUPE represents the overwhelming majority of flight attendants in this country.

Less than three months ago, Canada 3000 announced plans to buy Royal Aviation and CanJet. The three airlines will be merged in the coming months. Flight attendants at Canada 3000 and Royal are also unionized with CUPE.

The airline industry is going through dramatic restructuring right now, said Bellemare, and more than ever workers need a strong union to protect their interests. CUPE has been on the front line for flight attendants for a long time, negotiating strong collective agreements, organizing for safety and respect, and fighting to improve working conditions for these safety professionals.

The Airline Division of CUPE is part of the 480, 000-member Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canadas largest union.

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For information contact:

Francois Bellemare, President, CUPE Airline Division

514 923 3167 (cellular)

Andrea Addario, CUPE Communications

416 738 4329 (cellular)

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