CUPE flight attendants are fighting for their jobs as Air Canada plans to slash 300 jobs in Vancouver, 187 in Halifax and 144 in Winnipeg. Flight attendants bases in Halifax and Winnipeg would be closed.
These cuts are expected to have a huge impact on passengers, employees, their families and ultimately on their communities. The decision to make these cuts was based on a viability study that Air Canada has refused to share with CUPE.
“Four years ago, flight attendants took a 13.5% pay cut to protect Air Canada’s viability,” said CUPE National President Paul Moist. “While last year, Robert Milton, President and CEO of ACE Aviation, earned a $1.2 million salary, a $3.9 million bonus plus $11.2 million in stock option gains from Air Canada. Those same members are being rewarded now by losing their jobs.”
Air Canada’s plan would be applied on November 1st. In the meantime, CUPE is taking every step possible to cancel lay-offs and closures.
How you can help:
- Sign the petition to Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities Lawrence Cannon, asking that he ensures Air Canada suspends its plan, until legislative amendments are adopted to protect air service.
- Send a letter to your MP, who can encourage Montie Brewer, Air Canada President and CEO, to re-consider the decision; MPs can also contact Minister Cannon.
Last month, rallies were held across the country in support of our flight attendants. Elected officials from every level of government attended these rallies, and thousands of people participated in a CUPE online action.