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(Toronto) Flight attendants with the Airline Division of CUPE have officially opened bargaining today for a new collective agreement with Canada 3000. The flight attendants hail from Canada 3000, Royal Aviation, and CanJet, and are negotiating their first merged collective agreement. Key issues under negotiation will include wages, working conditions and benefits.

Marilyne White, CUPE National Representative, said that the negotiating team is looking forward to bargaining a contract that builds on the existing collective agreement held by flight attendants from the former Royal Aviation. We want our members to be able to view their jobs at Canadas second largest airline as a good career choice, said White. They need a reason to stay with this carrier for years. Fair wages, working conditions, and benefits, including a solid pension plan, would provide an incentive.

Frano0069s Bellemare, President of the Airline Division of CUPE, opened bargaining with a presentation to Canada 3000 management on behalf of the union. CUPE stands proudly behind our members at the new Canada 3000, said Bellemare. Flight attendants play a crucial role in ensuring the continued growth of this airline carrier. They deserve a contract that reflects their importance as frontline safety professionals.

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


For more information:
Andrea Addario, CUPE Communications,
cell: (416) 738-4329
Frano0069s Bellemare, President, Airline Division of CUPE,
cell: (514) 923-3167
Marilyne White, CUPE National Representative,
cell: (416) 788-2891