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Sunwing Flight Attendant Collective Agreement

On December 20, members rejected a preliminary agreement with the employer. In early January, the bargaining committee visited all Sunwing bases across the country to listen to members and hear what further improvements should be made to their collective agreement. The Union Bargaining Committee is composed of representatives from the following six airlines: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. Negotiations on the first collective agreement began on September 12, 2012. At the company`s request, a Ministry of Labour arbitrator was appointed on 2 January and the first two days of conciliation took place on 17 and 18 January. CUPE 4055 represents 1,000 flight attendants working at Sunwing`s eight bases: Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, Ottawa, Quebec City and Winnipeg. The flight attendant collective agreement expired on May 31, 2016. “Sunwing`s cabin safety experts take care of their passengers. They want their employer to treat them with dignity and respect, and that starts with a collective agreement that will significantly improve their working conditions,” said Mark Brancelj, President of CUPE 4055. We believe we have achieved our goal: the union`s first collective agreement, which will certainly improve wages and working conditions. Of course, flight attendants will have the final say on what happens next,” Mark Brancelj, President of the Sunwing Flight Attendants Union, told CUPE 4055. This new collective agreement improves working conditions for nearly 1,000 Sunwing flight attendants. They work at the eight sunwing bases in Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver.

Sunwing Airlines pilots have ratified their first collective agreement with the charter and vacation company. “Instead of violating our collective agreements, airlines should follow Flair Airlines` lead. They used the wage subsidy program to reinstate all the laid-off cabin crew, but they also pay them a 25 percent bonus and a benefit,” Hancock added. Right now, most Canadian airlines want to impose the terms of the 75% wage subsidy on our members: no subsidy requirements, no benefits and no employer contributions to the pension plan,” said MARK Hancock, President of CUPE National. Some airlines also bypass unions and impose arbitrary deadlines to force flight attendants to choose between the CEWS or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. “Last month, an interim agreement was reached between Sunwing and the union, which represents its 900 cabin crew members.” Sunwing`s cabin safety experts take care of their passengers. They want their employer to treat them with dignity and respect, and that starts with a collective agreement that will greatly improve their working conditions,” said Mark Brancelj, President of CUPE 4055. This Agreement replaces the previous Agreement which expired on 31 May 2016. The new agreement was ratified with 89.7% of the vote. The contract is valid for five years. The Canadian Auto Workers Union, which represents all 150 drivers, says the deal was passed by a 78 per cent majority.

On December 20, members refused to enter into a preliminary agreement with the employer. The cabin crew collective agreement expired on May 31, 2016. The union will not comment on the details of the agreement until the end of the voting phase towards the end of March. At the beginning of February, the union had raised the possibility of a strike at the end of March. With today`s conclusion of a preliminary agreement, this scenario has been avoided. Members of The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4055 have ratified the new collective agreement between the union and Sunwing Airlines. “We are pleased that our members have accepted this agreement. We were able to negotiate it thanks to the strength and support of our members during the negotiations,” said Mark Brancelj, President of CUPE 4055. “We want to negotiate a fair deal for both parties and continue to provide a quality experience for our passengers.

But if Sunwing does not agree to further improvements to our collective agreement, there is a risk of turbulence. This is not our first option, but we will not hesitate to use our strike mandate if necessary,” Brancelj added. “The discussions were very productive during the negotiations between 11 and 15 February. Both sides have shown a clear desire to reach an agreement. The support of the Canadian Department of Labour arbitrator played an important role,” said Caroline B├ędard, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) representative on the case. CUPE is Canada`s cabin crew union representing 15,000 employees from 11 different airlines across Canada, including Air Canada (mainline and red), Air Transat, Sunwing, WestJet (mainline, Encore and Swoop), Canadian North, First Air, Calm Air, PAL, Airlines, Air Georgian and Cathay Pacific. CUPE 4055 represents 1,000 cabin crew members working at Sunwing`s eight bases: Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, Ottawa, Quebec City and Winnipeg. Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4055 have ratified the new collective agreement between the union and Sunwing Airlines. This new collective agreement improves the working conditions of nearly 1,000 Sunwing cabin crew. They work at the eight sunwing bases in Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. On December 20, members refused to enter into a preliminary agreement with the employer. In early January, the bargaining committee visited all Sunwing bases across the country to listen to members and learn more about improvements to their collective agreement.

Under the CEWS, Ottawa supports 75% of workers` wages, allowing Canadian airlines to put thousands of flight attendants and other workers back on the payroll after losing their jobs due to downsizing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also the first collective agreement for flight attendants after joining the Canadian Union of Public Employees last year. “The solidarity of the members and the hard work of the bargaining committee helped secure a strong agreement for our group of pilots and allowed Sunwing Airlines to remain competitive over the long term,” said Captain Capt. Sunwing`s flight attendants have given their union a strong strike mandate to force the company to accept the fair deal they deserve when negotiations resume on Jan. 26. Today, 94.6% of CUPE 4055 members have given their bargaining committee the green light to labour law measures up to and including a strike if they deem it appropriate. CUPE is Canada`s largest airline union. In addition to its Sunwing members, CUPE represents nearly 10,000 flight attendants from several airlines, including Air Canada, Air Transat, Calm Air, Canadian North, CanJet, First Air and Cathay Pacific, as well as ground agents from Porter Airlines in Ottawa.

TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The union representing 900 Sunwing flight attendants reached a preliminary agreement with the company this morning. The agreement will be put to members for a vote after a series of general meetings in March. If accepted, it will be the first collective agreement for Sunwing flight attendants who voted to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in March 2012. This agreement replaces the previous agreement that expired on May 31, 2016. The new agreement was ratified with 89.7% of the vote. The agreement is valid for five years. CUPE-BelangerMedia Relations(613) 899-3424[email protected]. . To post to your LinkedIn account, you must first allow LinkedIn.com.

. Negotiations with the help of a mediator are scheduled for January 26 and 27. The vote in favour of a strike mandate took place from 14 to 23 January. 91.7% of CUPE 4055 members voted. CUPE is Canada`s largest union with 627,000 members working in health, education, communities, libraries, universities, social services, utilities, urban and air transportation, emergency services and communications.

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