CUPE to Air Canada: Stop the attack on flight attendants

    OTTAWA, July 11 /CNW Telbec/ - According to the Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE), Air Canada has refused to release the study justifying the
necessity of laying off 630 flight attendants and closing bases in Winnipeg
and Halifax. CUPE also says the company has done as little as possible to
soften the impacts of its draconian plan.
    "Air Canada continues to show flagrant disrespect for its employees,
clients, and impacted communities. In addition to causing upheaval in the
lives of flight attendants and their families, it is affecting the economies
of several regions - all the while showing neither sufficient justification
nor good will towards mitigating the damage," says Paul Moist, CUPE national
    "For our Winnipeg and Halifax flight attendants - many with over 25 years
of loyal service - this is difficult to accept after the major concessions of
2003 and 2004 to keep the company in the air, and after Robert Milton was paid
43 million in 2007," says Lesley Swann, president of CUPE's Air Canada
    "At the very least, Air Canada has to validate its decisions," adds
Swann, "And it must provide adequate voluntary separation packages -
otherwise, why get rid of young flight attendants who want to stay and keep
older flight attendants who want to leave?"
    CUPE is planning major action around the country against the Air Canada
cuts: "Our union will lock arms with these flight attendants to weather this
storm," says Moist, "And on behalf of all affected communities, we will
mobilize Canadians to fight for continued service from our flagship carrier."

    CUPE represents 570,000 members around the country of which 7,200 are Air
Canada flight attendants based in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto,
Montreal, and Halifax.

For further information:

For further information: Sébastien Goulet, CUPE Communications, (613)
808-0675; Pam Kapoor, CUPE Communications, (613) 853-8089

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