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(Winnipeg) - CALM Air flight attendants with the Airline Division of CUPE have negotiated a new collective agreement with their employer. This week, the union voted 99% in favour of ratifying the tentative agreement.

We are very pleased that we have been able to bargain a wage increase for CALM Air flight attendants, said Marilyne White, CUPE National Representative. We said at the outset of bargaining that these flight attendants deserve a salary increase if they are to be encouraged to stay at this small carrier and help to build its success. With a 3.4% raise, we feel that incentive is growing.

As frontline safety workers, we have no doubt as to our value to this airline, said Carolyn Peters, president of the CALM Air Component of CUPE. We have made improvements to our working conditions with this one-year agreement, and we can build on it. These improvements will allow flight attendants to view their jobs at CALM Air as a good career choice.

CALM Air serves primarily Manitoba and Nunavut. 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 Toronto)
(416) 798-3399 ext. 233, or cell phone: (416) 788-2891
Carolyn Peters, President, CALM Air Component of CUPE (in Winnipeg)
cell phone: (204) 771-3872