Air Canada Strike
August 29, 2011 by staff
If the flight attendants give their union leaders a mandate to strike, you could see 6800 Air Canada flight attendants to leave the job and in the third week of September.
Air Canada Component of CUPE, said 88% of flight attendants who cast a ballot to vote against the agreement, with 79% of those voting do so.
“The results send a strong message to the company,” said Jeff Taylor, president of the union. “As a negotiating committee, we heard our members loud and clear. We negotiate the best price we thought it could in the current political context. It was not enough and to take that message back to the company as strong as possible. ”
The union said today he will meet with members in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver, and will hold a strike vote between Sept. 04 and 13.
If the flight attendants give a strike mandate, which could leave the job after the airline served 72 hours notice.
“We understand the demands of our members and the desire for better treatment and respect they deserve. After a decade of concessions, the membership has made it clear he wants a fair deal, especially since the company is in a much better financial position, “said Taylor.
Meanwhile, the airline said it was “business as usual” despite the fact that the agreement is not ratified.
“Customers can continue to book flights on Air Canada with confidence,” the airline said in a statement.
Flight attendants are the second of the Air Canada unions to reject an offer of new work presented to them by their union leadership.
The Pilots Association Air Canada also rejected a tentative agreement in May, partly because of his support to a new low-cost airline to airline, including the reduction of salaries and benefits for their employees.
However, pilots also rejected the offer because it contained measures to advance the new contracts in a defined contribution plan pension instead of the current defined benefit programs.
ACPA members then voted some of the leaders of the union, including its president.
The agreement of the flight attendants also supported the low-cost airline. However, union members agreed to put the pension issue before a federal arbitrator after an agreement was not reached to a process that is underway for the Canadian Auto Workers at the airline.
The CAW, which represents 3800 sales and service agents in the airline, is awaiting a decision on their own pensions in the next two weeks.
CAW members conducted a three-day strike earlier this year when negotiations broke labor. They returned to work after an agreement was reached, and the issue of pensions was put out by the arbitration.
Flight attendants of 5 years a tentative agreement includes wage increases of 2% in the first three years, and 3% in the next two.
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