CBC News spoke to two flight attendants who each have more than 10 years of experience with WestJet. CBC News has agreed to protect their identity because they fear reprisals because they speak publicly. With the westJet main line CUPE represents meanwhile at the federal level approximately 15,000 cabin crew members. This increases CUPE`s ability to address industry-wide issues faced by all Canadian cabin crew. Last year, women around the world increasingly voiced stories of workplace harassment. As a union, we think it is not too much to ask to go to work without fear of the harassment or sexual harassment that might occur there. Unifor`s collective agreements negotiate clear anti-harassment language and appropriate procedures for workers who are victims of harassment and discrimination. Many unions do, but Unifor goes even further to rank for women in the workplace. Flight attendants who have spoken to CBC News say they do not want to give up their jobs because they appreciate the flexibility of the position and they would lose their seniority if they returned to another company. CALGARY, May 28, 2015 /CNW/ – The Proactive Communications Team (PACT) today announced that the interim agreement between WestJet and the Flight Attendant Association Board (FAAB) has been ratified. If you have been authorized to travel with a personal attendant after providing medical information, you are required to travel with a personal attendant on a WestJet flight.
The union of some 600 flight attendants at regional airline WestJet comes after their colleagues from WestJet`s main airline were unionized last July. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has received an intermediate certification from the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) for 3,000 flight attendants at WestJet. With the majority of WestJet flight attendants having signed union training support cards, CUPE applied for certification on July 9. FAAB, a subgroup of PACT, is the selected association representing nearly 3,000 flight attendants. This is the first agreement ratified between FAAB and WestJet. Unifor members in the Aeroplan call centres last week ratified a new collective agreement that ended two-tier wages, generous signing bonuses, secured work for members, while the loyalty program goes through a transitional period, and included a stronger language for part-time vacations. «FAAB is committed to engaging in a strong and visible manner on behalf of all cabin crew members. We have negotiated the best possible agreement for our membership in rapid growth and will stick to it to ensure that the best interests of our cabin crew are clearly represented throughout the duration of this agreement,» said Anthony Pascale, FaAB President. «We are pleased with the outcome of the negotiations and believe that this agreement provides the best flexibility and working environment for any airline in Canada.» Cabin crew members complained about working conditions and claimed that they received less than the minimum wage. WestJet employees who wish to join Unifor can now complete an Unifor online membership card and pay the federal government fee with PayPal in unifor.org/westjetpaypal.