Halifax flight attendants want to take Premier up on his offer

    HALIFAX, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - The union representing almost 200 Air Canada
flight attendants based in Halifax wants to take Nova Scotia Premier Rodney
MacDonald up on his offer from earlier this week.
    CUPE Local 4090 President Lisa Vivian Anthony says, "The premier's
Communications Director said MacDonald supports retention of a base in Halifax
and would be prepared to quote 'jump on a plane' and lead a delegation to Air
Canada headquarters in Montreal.
    "We're saying to the premier, let's go! Just name the date and the flight
attendants will be there. With almost 200 jobs on the line, and the future of
air travel in Atlantic Canada hanging in the balance, we fully support the
idea of a business and all-party group, led by the premier, going to Air
Canada to make the case for Atlantic Canada," says Vivian Anthony.
    CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh says, "We need to see some
decisive leadership from the premier on this issue. It's time Nova Scotia
stood up to the corporate decision-makers and bean counters at Air Canada and
reminded them that dependable air travel in Atlantic Canada is not a luxury -
it's a basic right."
    Says Cavanagh, "Without these highly trained individuals based out of
Halifax, there is no doubt that Halifax flights will be more vulnerable to
disruption by storms in Central Canada."
    "On behalf of the 187 workers and their families who will have their
lives turned upside down by this decision, we anxiously await the premier's
reply," says Cavanagh.

For further information:

For further information: Danny Cavanagh, CUPE N.S. President, (902)
957-0822 (Cell); Lisa Vivian Anthony, President, CUPE Local 4090, (902)
873-2307 (o); John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep., (902) 455-4180 (o)

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