MONTREAL, June 13, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - After a series of general
assemblies held across the country, 83% of Air Transat flight
attendants voted in favour of a plan to help their employer. The "plan to return to profitability" temporarily freezes all cost-of-living wage increases. Precisely, the
union, representing approximately 1,800 flight attendants, agrees to
suspend the payments of three annual wage increases of 1%, as well as
the payment of a lump sum of 1,5%. The company agrees to catch up on
all salary increases and pay back the money owed by December 15, 2015
at the latest. This helping hand from flight attendants can be compared
to a three-year loan.
"We have given our members the full picture of the situation, and have
thoroughly discussed with them on Transat's proposal. The flight
attendants have decided by a strong majority that this plan speaks to
the best interests of everyone involved. Today, members of our union
are showing support for their employer and faith in its future," said Peter Buzzell, president of the Air Transat Component of the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
From June 1-12, the Component presented the plan to its membership by
holding two general assemblies in each of the company's three flight
attendant bases: Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.
On May 1st, Air Transat and the union representing its pilots agreed to a similar
The flight attendants' current collective agreement is legally binding
from November 1, 2010 to October 31, 2015.
Air Transat flight attendants are emergency specialists whose primary
role is to ensure passenger safety. They are divided into three local
unions corresponding to their three bases: CUPE 4041 (Montreal-YUL),
CUPE 4047 (Toronto-YYZ) and CUPE 4078 (Vancouver-YVR). The Air Transat
Component oversees these three local unions.
CUPE is Canada's largest airline union, representing nearly 10,000
flight attendants at carriers including: Air Canada, Air Transat,
CanJet, First Air, Cathay Pacific, CALM Air, Canadian North and
CUPE is the largest union in Canada with 615,000 members working in
health care, education, municipalities, libraries, universities, social
services, public utilities, transportation, emergency services,
communications and airlines.
SOURCE CANADIAN UNION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES (FTQ)
For further information:
SOURCE: CANADIAN UNION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
Peter Buzzell, president of the Air Transat Component, 514-293-5124
Sébastien Goulet, CUPE Communications, 438-882-3756