Ottawa, ON – The union representing First Air flight attendants reached a tentative deal with the employer, early this morning. With the assistance of a federal conciliator, the parties negotiated for 18 hours before agreeing on a new twenty-two month contract (April 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015).
“We are happy with the result and we will recommend the deal to our membership,” said CUPE Component President of First Air Ken Smith.
The flight attendants will vote on the deal in the coming weeks. Until then, the details of the deal will not be made public.
First Air flight attendants have been without a contract since April 2014.
CUPE represents 87 flight attendants at First Air. They work out of Yellowknife, Edmonton, Iqaluit and Ottawa. In total, CUPE represents over 10,000 flight attendants employed by Air Canada, Air Transat, Calm Air, Canadian North, Canjet, Cathay Pacific, First Air and Sunwing.
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