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Air Canada Union

November 10, 2011 by staff 

Air Canada Union, The union representing Air Canada’s flight attendants says it is “profoundly” disappointed by an arbitrator’s decision released Monday. Canada Industrial Relations Board arbitrator Elizabeth MacPherson endorsed Air Canada’s position that the provisions be imposed without alteration.

The new four-year deal expires March 31, 2015. More than 65 per cent of employees who voted rejected the original agreement even though it had been unanimously recommended by the union’s bargaining committee.

That was the second tentative contract the flight attendants had rejected. They were on the verge of going on strike when Labour Minister Lisa Raitt referred the matter to the CIRB last month.

“Flight attendants deserve better than this decision,” Paul Moist, national president of CUPE, the attendants’ union, said in a release.

“They deserve better treatment from Air Canada, and they certainly deserve better from their federal government,” said Moist.

“This government has been extremely irresponsible, and it’s their constant interference in collective bargaining that tipped the scales in favour of the company and against hardworking flight attendants.”

But MacPherson said the union won improvements in the second tentative agreement that was unanimously recommended by its bargaining committee.

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