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OTTAWA The ratification vote continues on a tentative contract covering all flight attendants with Air Canada.

The 8,500 flight attendants, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, have until December 30 to vote on a tentative deal that will see improvements in wages, pensions and working conditions.

“We’re encouraging all our flight attendants to vote on this agreement because we understand how important this is to their work lives,” said CUPE National President Judy Darcy.

“Flight attendants with Air Canada have been through a lot of turmoil in the past few years as a result of the merger of Air Canada and Canadian Airlines and the impact of the September 11 tragedy,” said Darcy. “They are looking for security and recognition of the vital role they play as safety professionals and as the public face of the airline.”

An application filed last week with the Canada Industrial Relations Board asking that the ratification ballots be sealed until early in the New Year has been withdrawn, allowing the vote to proceed without further complications.

“We want to hear from our members so we’re pleased the vote is moving ahead,” said Darcy. “Whether members support the deal or oppose it, the key is that they make their voice heard.”

The ratification vote, overseen by the Canada Industrial Relations Board, runs over a two-week period to allow all flight attendants to vote. The outcome of the vote is expected to be announced on December 31.


For information, contact

Robert Fox, CUPE Communications (613) 795-4977