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Toronto “After a lengthy organizing drive by the Airline Division of CUPE, Royal Air flight attendants have opened bargaining for a first collective agreement. The issues include length of duty days, wages and respect in the workplace. We now have a situation where some crew have experienced gruelling duty days of up to 23 hours this is an unacceptable situation and places at risk the safety of our members,” explained Denise Hill, president of the Airline Division of CUPE.

A decent wage increase for Royal Air flight attendants is a priority, “our members work very hard for the airline and the result has been strong returns for Royal Air, we expect the workers to receive their fair share,” added Hill.

“Its time that the cabin crew of Royal Air be treated with respect and dignity. The company can make a positive step in this direction by coming to the table with a clear mandate to negotiate a good settlement. The union would like to see this contract available for ratification by our members in December of this year,” concluded Hill.

The Airline Division of CUPE represents 10,000 flight attendants, 380 are with Royal Air. CUPE is Canadas largest union with 480,000 members in the airline, health, education, municipal, social services, water, transportation and library sectors.

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For more information please contact:

Denise Hill (416) 798-3399, ext. 227 or (416) 567-9901 cell
Catherine Louli (613) 237-1590, ext. 268, CUPE Communications