Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

September 13, 2011 16:50 ET

Air Canada flight attendants vote 98 per cent in favour of a strike mandate

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2011) - Flight Attendants at Air Canada have given their union a strong strike mandate. On a vote held between Sept. 4 and Sept. 13, 98 per cent of members of the Air Canada Component of CUPE voted in favour of strike action.

"A strike vote does not mean we will necessarily go on strike, but it means we will strike if we need to. What we want and still hope for is a negotiated deal with the company", says Jeff Taylor, president of the Air Canada Component of CUPE.

"This is a clear message to Air Canada: our members are determined to get a fair deal," says Taylor, "No one wants a strike, but if we can't reach a tentative agreement which addresses our members concerns, and soon, it could be our only choice."

A legal strike could only occur after the end of conciliation. In this case, that means a strike could be called at the earliest on Sept. 21, at 00:01 a.m.

The union is determined to negotiate a better deal for Air Canada's 6,800 flight attendants. After a decade of concessions on wages, pensions and working conditions, the members of the Air Canada Component of CUPE say they deserve a fair deal.

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