Air Canada flight
attendants have rejected a tentative contract that union
bargainers negotiated with the country's largest air carrier,
and the union has scheduled a strike vote for next month.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents
6,800 Air Canada flight attendants, said on Saturday that
members voted overwhelmingly against the deal.
The airline and union negotiators reached the tentative
pact on compensation and benefits on Aug. 1. The previous
contract expired on March 31.
After the deal was announced, the airline said it would not
reveal any details about the contract until after it was
Turnout was heavy during the 10 days of voting, the union
said, with nearly 79 percent of membership participating.
"The results send a strong message to the company," Jeff
Taylor, president of the Air Canada unit of CUPE, said in a
"We negotiated the best deal we felt we could in the
current political context. But it wasn't enough and we will
take that message back to the employer in the strongest
Taylor said the union would meet with the carrier as soon
as possible to resume negotiations.
Air Canada, which competes in the Canadian market with
WestJet Airlines and closely held Porter Airlines,
said the rejection would have no effect on service.
"Air Canada confirms it's business as usual for the
airline," it said in a statement.
The union said it would meet with members over the coming
days, and that a strike vote will take place between September
4 and September 13.