Sunwing: tentative agreement for flight attendants
15 février 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013 The union representing 900
Sunwing flight attendants concluded a tentative agreement with the
company this morning. The agreement will be submitted to members
for a vote following a round of general meetings in March. If
accepted, this will be the first collective agreement for Sunwing
flight attendants, who voted to join the Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) in March 2012.
In early February, the union had raised the
possibility of a strike at the end of March. With todays
conclusion of a tentative agreement, that scenario has been
The union will not comment on the details of the agreement until
the conclusion of the voting period towards the end of March.
« The union bargaining committee is very pleased to have reached a
tentative agreement. We believe that we achieved our objective: the
unions first collective agreement, which definitely will improve
salaries and working conditions. Of course, the flight attendants
will have the final say on what happens next, » said Mark Brancelj,
president of the union for Sunwing flight attendants, CUPE Local
« The talks were very productive during the negotiations between
February 11 and 15. Both sides demonstrated a clear desire to reach
an agreement. The support of the conciliator from the Canadian
Ministry of Labour played a significant role, » said Caroline
Bédard, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
representative for the file.
The union bargaining committee comprises representatives from each
of the airline’s six bases: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa,
Montreal and Quebec City. Negotiations for the first collective
agreement began on September 12, 2012. At the company’s request, a
Ministry of Labour conciliator was appointed on January 2, and the
first two days of conciliation were January 17 and 18.
CUPE is Canada’s largest airline union. In addition to its Sunwing
members, CUPE represents nearly 10,000 flight attendants at a
number of carriers, including Air Canada, Air Transat, Calm Air,
Canadian North, CanJet, First Air and Cathay Pacific, as well as
ground agents at Porter Airlines in Ottawa.
CUPE is the largest union in Canada with 627,000 members working in
health, education, municipalities, libraries, universities, social
services, public utilities, urban and air transport, emergency
services and communications.