Air Canada reaches tentative pact with union

Nearly 7,000 flight attendants agree to compensation and benefits

Air Canada has reached a tentative agreement relating to compensation and benefits with the union that represents its flight attendants.

The airline carrier said it could not disclose any details of the agreement till it is ratified by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

“We believe this is the best agreement we could get in the current context,” said Jeffrey Taylor, president of the Air Canada Component of CUPE, in a news release. “We will now embark on a road show across the country to present the terms of the agreement to our membership.”

CUPE represents about 6,800 Air Canada flight attendants.

"We are very pleased to have reached a tentative agreement that maintains industry-leading compensation and benefits for Air Canada's flight attendants while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the airline," said Susan Welscheid, senior vice-president of customer service for Air Canada in a press release.

In June, the company had reached an agreement with the Canadian Auto Workers that represents nearly 4,000 customer service and sales staff.

- with files from Reuters

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