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CUPE is standing in solidarity with ground crew workers on strike in Toronto and St. John’s. The union’s National Executive Board today passed a resolution providing financial support to the striking workers.

Porter Airlines ground crew workers at Toronto’s Billy Bishop airport unionized with COPE Local 343 in August 2012, and have since been fighting for a first contract.  The dispute centres around wages, and health and safety issues. The workers have been on strike since January 10.

The union has raised significant concerns about Porter’s use of replacement workers in a workplace already marked by safety problems. They are urging Canadians to stop flying Porter until a fair collective agreement is reached. For more information, please visit dontflyporter.com

As well, 85 ground crew workers at the St. John’s International Airport, members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, have been on strike for six months. They’re seeking wages similar to those earned by workers at other airports.

CUPE is Canada’s largest airline union, representing nearly 10,000 flight attendants at carriers including Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing, CanJet, Calm Air, Canadian North, First Air and Cathay Pacific, as well as ground agents at Porter Airlines in Ottawa.