TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The union representing 900 Sunwing
flight attendants concluded a tentative agreement with the company this
morning. The agreement will be submitted to members for a vote
following a round of general meetings in March. If accepted, this will
be the first collective agreement for Sunwing flight attendants, who
voted to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in March
In early February, the union had raised the possibility of a strike at
the end of March. With today's conclusion of a tentative agreement,
that scenario has been avoided.
The union will not comment on the details of the agreement until the
conclusion of the voting period towards the end of March.
"The union bargaining committee is very pleased to have reached a
tentative agreement. We believe that we achieved our objective: the
union's first collective agreement, which definitely will improve
salaries and working conditions. Of course, the flight attendants will
have the final say on what happens next," said Mark Brancelj, president
of the union for Sunwing flight attendants, CUPE Local 4055.
"The talks were very productive during the negotiations between February
11 and 15. Both sides demonstrated a clear desire to reach an
agreement. The support of the conciliator from the Canadian Ministry of
Labour played a significant role," said Caroline Bédard, the Canadian
Union of Public Employees (CUPE) representative for the file.
The union bargaining committee comprises representatives from each of
the airline's six bases: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal
and Quebec City. Negotiations for the first collective agreement began
on September 12, 2012. At the company's request, a Ministry of Labour
conciliator was appointed on January 2, and the first two days of
conciliation were January 17 and 18.
CUPE is Canada's largest airline union. In addition to its Sunwing
members, CUPE represents nearly 10,000 flight attendants at a number of
carriers, including Air Canada, Air Transat, Calm Air, Canadian North,
CanJet, First Air and Cathay Pacific, as well as ground agents at
Porter Airlines in Ottawa.
CUPE is the largest union in Canada with 627,000 members working in
health, education, municipalities, libraries, universities, social
services, public utilities, urban and air transport, emergency services
SOURCE: Canadian Union of Public Employees (FTQ)