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(Winnipeg) CALM Air flight attendants with the Airline Division of CUPE have officially opened bargaining today for a new collective agreement. Key issues under negotiation will include wages, working conditions and benefits.

Carolyn Peters, President of the CALM Air component of CUPE, said that the flight attendants, most of whom are women, will be looking for a substantial wage increase in this round of bargaining. We want our members to be able to view their jobs at CALM Air as a career choice, said Peters. They need a reason to stay with this carrier for years, and a fair wage increase would be a good place to start.

Frano0069s Bellemare, President of the Airline Division of CUPE, opened bargaining with a presentation to CALM Air management on behalf of the union. CUPE stands proudly behind our members at CALM Air, said Bellemare. We intend to bargain a strong collective agreement for our members. By improving the wages and working conditions of flight attendants, CALM Air will build a stronger airline that is better-equipped to serve Manitoba and the North.

The Airline Division of CUPE represents more than 10,000 flight attendants in Canada. CUPE is Canadas largest union, with nearly half a million members in the airline, health, education, municipal, social services, water, transportation and library sectors.


For more information:

Marilyne White, CUPE National Representative (in Winnipeg),

cell phone: (416) 788-2891

Carolyn Peters, President, CALM Air Component of CUPE (in Winnipeg),

cell phone: (204) 771-3872

Francois Bellemare, President, Airline Division of CUPE (in Winnipeg),

cell phone: (514) 923-3167