By Pamela Sachs, Component President
on behalf of the Bargaining Committee
In Bulletin #12, we laid out the issues in the company’s offer of Feb 8th, 1999. Although your bargaining committee does not agree with the concessions the company has tabled, we are encouraged by the Company’s clear indication of their willingness to negotiate and of their desire to reach an agreement with CUPE.
Your bargaining committee has been meeting to align our proposals and priorities with the survey results. Our membership surveys show that your top priorities are: pay and premiums, pensions and benefits, hours of work and expenses and job security.
With that in mind, throughout the month of March, we are continuing to prepare a comprehensive response to the Air Canada offer.
The Company and the Union have mutually agreed to revise our bargaining dates. We will table our response on March 25th and meet again from March 29th - April 1st, 1999. Both parties have committed to bargain through the Easter weekend, if necessary.
The Company’s bargaining committee is:
Pat Heinke, Senior Director, Labour Relations
Louis Saint-Cyr, Manager, Labour Relations-CUPE
Andrew Torriani, Manager, Labour Relations-ACPA
Tony Colliss, General Manger, In-flight Services-West
Steve Beisswanger, Manager, Crew Planning & Resource Allocation
Maryse Tremblay, Counsel, Labour and Employment Law
Ted Seitz, Manager, Financial Services
Ron Allain, Cabin Personnel Manager-Toronto
Chris Hallamore, Research Analyst
In our next bulletin you will receive details about our offer to the company. We are confident, with your continued support we will be able to achieve a fair and equitable settlement.
As contract talks come down to the wire, it is important for us all to keep in touch. Check your folders for bulletins.
Our web site is available at www.cupe.ca
Contact a member of your bargaining committee.
Did You Know?
A full-fare economy class Air Canada ticket from Toronto to Vancouver costs more than a new Air Canada flight attendant earns in a month.
Flight attendants are the 2nd lowest paid unionized employee group at Air Canada.
Air Canada’s 1997 profit levels were such that one day’s profit equals 30 years of salary for a senior flight attendant.