The union reiterated that they will provide support and resources to get a solid contract
Porter Airlines flight attendants welcomed the opportunity to join the Canadian Flight Attendants Union (CUPE) to campaign for improvements in their working conditions.
According to Mark Hancock, CUPE’s national president, Porter flight attendants strive to align their working conditions, wages, and hours with the standards of syndicated airlines in Canada.
Hancock stressed that the lack of a binding contract and strong union representation gave the company the freedom to dictate labor rules as it pleased, and this will change with the inclusion of CUPE.
The union will provide significant support and resources to help Porter’s flight attendants negotiate a solid contract.
Candace Rennick, CUPE National Secretary and Treasurer, highlighted the union’s experience in negotiating industry-leading contracts that help address issues important to Porter flight attendants such as wages, hours, breaks, and duty days.
Cabin crews’ decision to join CUPE integrates them into a well-established network of cabin crew unions. CUPE represents 18,500 flight attendants from ten different airlines, including big names like Air Canada, WestJet, Air Transat, Sunwing, CALM, Flair, Canadian North, PAL Airlines, PasCan, and Pivot.
This move will allow Porter’s flight attendants to become part of a union community committed to promoting labor rights and justice in the airline industry.