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TorontoT006800650020Air Canada Component of the Airline Division of CUPE conducted a strike vote between June 07 and June 15, 1999. With 78% of the membership voting, the results are 94 % in favour of strike action should negotiations with Air Canada fail.

“This strike vote is an indicator of what flight attendants will and will not accept. This is about respect and dignity,” stated Pamela Sachs, President of the Air Canada Component. The key issues, which remain to be addressed, are improvements to the pension plan, working conditions and the elimination of concessions.

“Flight attendants deserve tangible recognition for their contribution to the success of Air Canada. Our airline has won several awards for superior in-flight passenger service. Flight attendant productivity has increased and revenues for the airline are up. These are positive indicators for the airline, and we want to see this reflected in our new contract,” said Sachs.

“It is our belief that the membership’s strong show of support for the bargaining committee encouraged the Company to return to the table. The Union and the Company have agreed to resume negotiations this afternoon,” concluded Sachs.

For more information: Catherine Louli, CUPE communications (613) 851-0547 00630065006cl phone, or (613) 237-1590 ext 268 006f00660066ice.