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Sunwing Flight Attendant Collective Agreement

TORONTO — 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 took advantage of the wage subsidy program to rehire all the laid-off cabin crew, but they also pay them a 25 percent markup and a social benefit,” Hancock added. Right now, most Canadian airlines want to impose on our members the terms of the 75 per cent wage subsidy: no subsidy requirement, 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, a tentative agreement was reached between Sunwing and the union that 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 significantly improve their working conditions,” said Mark Brancelj, president of CUPE Local 4055. This agreement replaces the previous agreement, which expired on 31 May 2016. The new agreement was ratified by 89.7% of the vote. The agreement is valid for a five-year basis. The Canadian Union of Auto Workers, which represents the 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.

CUPE is Canada`s cabin crew union, representing 15,000 employees of 11 different airlines across Canada, including Air Canada (Mainline and Rouge), Air Transat, Sunwing, WestJet (Mainline, Encore and Swoop), Canadian North, First Air, Calm Air, PAL, Airlines, Air Georgian and Cathay Pacific. CUPE Local 4055 represents 1,000 cabin crew members working at the eight Sunwing bases: Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, Ottawa, Quebec City and Winnipeg. Members of the Canadian Union of Local Public Employees 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 crews. 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 hear about further improvements to their collective agreement. Under CEWS, Ottawa supports 75 per cent 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 deal for our pilot group and allowed Sunwing Airlines to remain competitive over the long term,” said Capt. . .

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