CUPE represents final group of Swoop WestJet flight attendants

Almost 4,000 employees under union banner
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 06/14/2019
Labour relations
All flight attendants of WestJet and its subsidiaries are now represented by CUPE. SHUTTERSTOCK

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) was certified on June 11 to represent flight attendants at Swoop, a fully owned subsidiary of WestJet.

CUPE was already certified by the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to represent flight attendants at WestJet mainline and Encore, WestJet’s regional carrier, said the union.

With the addition of the 170 Swoop employees, CUPE now represents almost 4,000 WestJet flight attendants. All flight attendants of WestJet and its subsidiaries are now represented by CUPE.

“It is such a pleasure to welcome this last part of the WestJet organization into CUPE,” said Mark Hancock, President of CUPE National.  “We are honoured that flight attendants put their trust in us and we will work hard to keep that trust.”

CUPE is Canada’s largest union with 680,000 members including 15,000 flight attendants.

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