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TORONTO - Approximately 400 flight attendants with Royal Airlines have voted to join the Airline Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees by a three to two margin over the company-dominated association supported by the Teamsters.

“This is the second government ordered vote won by CUPE, and is the culmination of a prolonged conflict to win independent union representation for Royal Airlines cabin personnel,” said Denise Hill, president of the Airline Division of CUPE.

The Company and the Teamsters interference in the fight for representation including prolonged labour board proceedings exacerbated the two-year campaign.

“As the airline industry continues to re-structure the Royal Airline flight attendants voted overwhelmingly to join with the other 10,000 flight attendants represented by CUPE in order to ensure that their voices are heard by their employer,” added Hill

“Royal cabin personnel now expect a decent first collective agreement that meets their needs for better wages, improved working conditions and respect and dignity on the job,” concluded Hill.

The Airline Division of CUPE represents over 10,000 flight attendants at most major and regional airline carriers in Canada. Royal Airlines has its headquarters in Montreal and operates bases in Toronto and Vancouver.

The Airline Division of CUPE is part of the 480,000 member Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canadas largest union.

For Information contact:
Denise Hill at (416) 567- 9901

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