Air Canada reaches 10year contract deal with its 7200 flight attendants

MONTREAL — Air Canada says it has reached a tentative, 10-year contract deal with the union representing more than 7,000 of its flight attendants.Terms of the agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees were not disclosed pending a ratification vote by union members and acceptance by the Air Canada board of directors.The deal, which is subject to “certain openers” over the period of the contract, covers some 6,500 flight attendants at Air Canada, the country’s largest airline, and 700 at its low-cost carrier, Air Canada Rouge.It is the fifth collective agreement reached between the airline and it employees in the last year, including a 10-year collective agreement concluded with the airline’s 3,000 pilots in October 2014.WestJet Airlines Ltd pilots turn to international union for help winning over co-workersThe quotable Gregg Saretsky: WestJet CEO on Air Canada competition, unionization and more“This new, 10-year agreement with CUPE is an important development which will support long term profitable growth for the benefit of Air Canada, our stakeholders and our flight attendants at both mainline and Air Canada Rouge,” Benjamin Smith, president, passenger airlines, said in making the announcement Tuesday.“This is a win-win agreement that will provide added stability and flexibility while acknowledging the important contribution of our flight attendants towards Air Canada’s future success.”Michel Cournoyer, president of CUPE’s airline division, said the union was pleased the company had agreed to “many key improvements to our current collective agreement, including much-needed provisions on job security amongst other important gains.” read more