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July 7,1999

Ottawa— “I am very pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative settlement with Air Canada,” said Pamela Sachs, president of the CUPE Air Canada Component. “This is a good contract for our 5000 members, it is a good contract for the company and the future of labour relations, and it will allow us to continue to give superior service to our customers,” added Sachs.

CUPE has successfully negotiated improved retirement income for flight attendants, safer and healthier working conditions, and a wage increase of 5%, 4% and 3% over 3 years.

“Through this process we have seen Air Canada begin to assume its corporate responsibility towards their employees and this is a very encouraging sign,” Sachs said. “We have received tremendous support from our members, other unions 006500730070ecially the pilots (ACPA) and from our passengers,” said Sachs.

” This round of bargaining centred on dignity and respect for our members. This has been a long, hard struggle. Because of the tremendous strength of our members in fighting the good fight together we were successful in reaching a fair and just contract,” concluded Sachs.

For more information: Catherine Louli (613) 237-1590 ext 268 or (613) 851-0547 cell.

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