(Montreal) – Air Transat flight attendants with the Airline Division of CUPE have officially opened bargaining today for a new collective agreement. Key issues under negotiation will include wages, working conditions and pension benefits.
Charlie Ezerzer, President of the Air Transat component of CUPE, said that the flight attendants, most of whom are women, will be looking for a substantial wage increase in this round of bargaining. “We want our members to be able to view their jobs at Air Transat a career choice,” said Ezerzer. “They need a reason to stay with this carrier for years, and a fair wage increase would be a good place to start.”
Frano0069s Bellemare, President of the Airline Division of CUPE, opened bargaining with a presentation to Air Transat management on behalf of the union. “CUPE stands proudly behind our members at Air Transat,” said Bellemare. “We intend to bargain a strong collective agreement for our members. At this time of turmoil in the industry, flight attendants will play a crucial role in the success of this airline carrier. They deserve a contract that reflects their importance as frontline safety professionals.”
The Airline Division of CUPE represents more than 10,000 flight attendants in Canada. CUPE is Canada’s largest union, with nearly half a million members in the airline, health, education, municipal, social services, water, transportation and library sectors.
For more information:
Marilyne White, CUPE National Representative (in Montreal),
cell phone: (416) 788-2891
Francois Bellemare, President, Airline Division of CUPE (in Montreal),
cell phone: (514) 923-3167
Andrea Addario, CUPE Communications (in Toronto),
cell phone: (416) 738-4329