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June 21, 1999

TORONTON00650067006ftiations between Air Canada and CUPE the union representing the 5000 flight attendants of Air Canada have reached an impasse.

“On Sunday June 20, 1999 the union tabled an offer of settlement to the Company. The Company refused to respond to this offer 007300610079ing that pensions had to fall off the table or the Company would not respond. The Company is either remarkably arrogant or unbelievable incompetent,” stated Pamela Sachs, President of the Air Canada Component.

Flight Attendants expect that their legal right to strike will be on or around July 7. The Company has stated that they will not negotiate with the Union as long as pensions are still on the table.

“Our members gave us a 94% strike vote 007400680061t is a huge mandate with real expectations. One expectation that our members have is improvements to the pension plan. I would argue that its time for creative thinking and working towards solutions 006e006f0074 posturing and sable rattling,” added Sachs.

Flight attendants have urged the company not to repeat this mistake they made with the pilots. “It take two to negotiate, we have an offer on the table, its up to Air Canada to get back to the table and negotiate seriously,” concluded Sachs.

For more information: Catherine Louli (613)851-0547 cell phone or (613)237-1590 ext 268 office

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