VANCOUVER, July 24 /CNW/ - Air Canada flight attendants are pushing back
against the airline's plans to close flight attendant bases and terminate
hundreds of jobs.
According to the union, these cuts and closures will have a devastating
impact on passengers, employees, their families and ultimately on everyone in
"Air Canada needs to start treating flight attendants with respect and
dignity," says Deb Purvey. "We're here today not only for our members, but for
communities that will be affected by these cuts."
CUPE BC president Barry O'Neill describes Air Canada's treatment of its
flight attendants as a national shame that needs to be reversed.
"This is yet another example of a large corporation making backroom
decisions and trying to circumvent the law," said O'Neill. "And they've done
this without considering the devastating impact on workers and their
On July 10th, Air Canada management notified flight attendants that they
are "redundant" and "surplus" and would be laid off in November. Potentially,
600 of the union's 7,200 members could be affected by the company's action.
Since then, the union has launched a campaign to fight the cuts and the
closures. Numerous politicians and hundreds of individuals have lobbied
federal officials to intervene on behalf of the flight attendants. Support
rallies will take place across Canada simultaneously in Vancouver, Calgary,
Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.
Monday, July 28th at 10:00 a.m.
Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Sea Island Elementary School:
1891 Wellington Crescent (corner of Wellington and Miller Road) -
Richmond. March up Grant McConachie Way towards the airport.
Speakers at the rally will include:
- Deb Purvey, president CUPE 4094, flight attendants
- Nick Beveridge, CUPE National Airline Component vice-president
- Libby Davies, MP, Vancouver East
- Barry O'Neill, president CUPE BC
Note: Flight attendants are available for interviews.
For further information:
For further information: Deb Purvey, president CUPE 4094: (604)
551-5737; Janet Szliske, CUPE Communications: (604) 454-7293; Antonius Lam
(CUPE 4094), (604) 760-7024, is available for interviews in Mandarin and
Cantonese; Go to www.cupe.ca for more information