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Sisters and brothers,

CUPE National has put the Air Canada Component under administration. This means that responsibility for the affairs of the Component has been assumed directly by CUPE National.

This action has been taken as a result of an arbitrator’s decision that the October 2001 election process for the positions of Component President, Vice-President and Treasurer was unfair and as a result, invalid.

An Administrator has been appointed to assume the day-to-day oversight of the Component’s affairs, replacing the Component Officers.

The elections underway for the new Component and Local Officers will proceed, though the timing of the election may need to be adjusted to allow sufficient time to campaign should additional candidates who stood for election in October 2001 choose to run again.

As well, the ratification process for the proposed collective agreement will proceed. This agreement was negotiated in good faith and has the unanimous support of the bargaining committee. Members of the bargaining committee will continue to visit bases across the country to explain the terms of the tentative agreement and answer questions.

The decision whether the agreement meets flight attendants’ needs rests with the membership. As well, members will decide who can best represent their interests in the upcoming Component elections.

These past two years have been troubling for our members at Air Canada. In the coming weeks, a decision will be made whether to approve the tentative agreement and a Component executive with a fresh mandate will be elected. Building on this foundation, we plan to move forward in consolidating a strong, effective union that enjoys the active support of all our members.

In solidarity,

Judy Darcy

National President

Canadian Union of Public Employees