Canadian North Airlines employees get first contract

EDMONTON – Approximately 150 flight attendants with Canadian North Airlines have just ratified a first collective agreement with their employer.  The flight attendants belong to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

The employees voted 93% in favour of accepting the agreement, which includes a six percent wage increase, giving them some of the highest rates of pay for flight attendants in the country. The settlement also increases per diem rates, clothing allowances, and other benefits.

Canadian North is a 100% aboriginal owned airline operating out of Yellowhead with bases in Edmonton and Calgary.

Prior to joining CUPE, the flight attendants belonged to an independent staff association.  The employees voted to merge with CUPE to achieve better gains at the bargaining table.

CUPE Alberta President Marle Roberts welcomed the deal.  “CUPE represents more flight attendants than any other union in Canada.  By joining a larger organization, these employees were able to achieve significant gains at the bargaining table.”

Contact:  Marle Roberts


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