Air Canada, CUPE reach agreement for flight attendants

Tentative deal includes improvements to job security

Air Canada and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) reached a new agreement for flight attendants.

The 10-year deal, subject to ratification, will affect approximately 6,500 employees at Air Canada and 700 employees at Air Canada rouge.

“This is a win-win agreement that will provide added stability and flexibility while acknowledging the important contribution of our flight attendants towards Air Canada’s future success,” said Benjamin Smith, president of Air Canada’s passenger airlines.

“As the fifth collective agreement reached with unions representing our employees over the past year, it is further indication of the collaborative partnership that is building Air Canada into a global champion.”

According to the union, the agreement includes provisions on job security, as well as several other important gains. The agreement is subject to ratification by the membership. Additionally, it will be subject to certain openers over its 10-year period.

CUPE’s bargaining committee unanimously endorsed the tentative agreement to the union’s membership. Details of the tentative deal will not be released pending ratification and approval by the Air Canada Board of Directors.

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