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Flight attendants at Royal Aviation have negotiated a first collective agreement that takes them from worst to first, according to Humberto da Silva, president of the Royal Component of CUPEs Airline Division.

We wanted a union at Royal and Royal Aviation tried everything to keep CUPE out. We finally succeeded in organizing the workers and this first collective agreement is a direct result of having a strong union in the workplace, said da Silva.

The agreement provides the 450 flight attendants at Royal with a significant wage increase and improvements in benefits and working conditions.

Royal has finally understood that dignity and respect in the workplace are not discretionary. CUPE helped the company understand that these are basic to the smooth operation of the airline, concluded da Silva.

Apparently this lesson was not lost on Royals shareholders. Share prices jumped 15 per cent the day the settlement was announced.