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Air Transat flight attendants reject the agreement in principle

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There are 2,100 flight attendants, based at Montreal and Toronto airports, affected by this negotiation.

The Canadian Press

Air Transat flight attendants rejected for a second time an agreement in principle that had been reached with their employer regarding the renewal of their collective agreement.

Some 2,100 flight attendants, based at Montreal and Toronto airports, are affected by this negotiation. They are members of a local section of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), affiliated with the FTQ.

CUPE indicates Thursday that its members voted 81.9% against the agreement in principle reached on January 7.

And the participation rate is high, at 88.7%, specifies CUPE.

At the same time, union members adopted another strike mandate, in a proportion of 94.6%. No date has yet been set for its triggering; the mandate is valid until April 1.

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These union members had already rejected a first agreement in principle which was reached at the end of the #x27;last year, when a strike threat loomed for January 3. This was never triggered.

The parties returned to the negotiating table and reached this second agreement in principle, on January 7, without a strike being called.

The union now wants to quickly return to the negotiating table with the employer .

The dispute remains regarding remuneration for hours of work on the ground, before takeoffs and after landings. The union also wants to negotiate better clauses affecting staffing on board planes.

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