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September 4, 1998

TORONTO 004400650073pite facing layoff notices at midnight tonight, Air Canada flight attendants support the pilots in their fight to reach a new contract.

“We’re behind the pilots because their fight is also ours,” said Sylvie Lachance-Harrison, President of the Air Canada Component of CUPE’s Airline Division. CUPE’s Airline Division represents 9,000 flight attendants, including 5,000 at Air Canada. “We have the same bottom line 006100660074er years of belt-tightening, it’s time for our fair share,” she explained.

“When we open our contract negotiations with the company later this month, we know we can count on the pilots’ backing,” added Lachance-Harrison.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canada’s largest union, representing more than 460,000 workers in the airline, municipal, education, health care, university, utility, social services and broadcast sectors.

For more information contact:

Sylvie Lachance-Harrison, Air Canada Component President: (416) 798-3399 ext. 236 or (905) 420-9262 (home)

Denise Hill, CUPE Airline Division President: (416) 798-3399 ext. 227 or (416) 567-9901 (cell) or (905) 507-9577 (home)

Judy Darcy, CUPE National President: Robert Fox, Communications Director (613) 237-1590 ext. 264 or (613) 795-4977 (cell)

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