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OTTAWA – Air Canada flight attendants begin bargaining for a renewed collective agreement today in Toronto. The 6,800 Air Canada flight attendants are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Jeff Taylor, president of CUPE’s Air Canada Component, is confident the union can come to a fair agreement with Air Canada. “The Union is seeking improvements in wages and working conditions for our members who have contributed to the success of Air Canada in the last decade,” says Taylor.

During past periods of financial difficulty, flight attendants have made many concessions to Air Canada. Today, however, the company is doing very well. CUPE members at the airline are expecting their fair share and will firmly oppose new concessions.

Flight attendants are highly trained and are the front line of security, safety and comfort for the flying public.

The latest collective agreement expired on March 31, 2011.

For more information:
Pierre Ducasse, CUPE Media Relations - 613-852-1094