Bargaining committee seeks fair treatment for members

The CUPE 4060 bargaining committee – Jody Davies, Amy Manasterski, Patti Nagano, Nicole Tarapacki and Alex Shaw – has been at the negotiating table since January 2018. Bargaining began with a protocol meeting and the parties met over six days between March and May. Unfortunately, the process was very slow.

In June, after some changes in the company’s bargaining committee membership, the company advised CUPE 4060 that its previous committee had no mandate to bargain. CUPE’s bargaining team, after working diligently with the new company committee, were able to reach agreement on many non-monetary items.

On July 19, after a day of negotiations, CUPE 4060 tabled a monetary proposal. The company did not like the proposal, stating that “Flair flight attendants are paid too much.” The company refused to consider CUPE’s proposal, and—without countering with its own proposal—expected the union’s committee to come back with a different proposal.

The CUPE bargaining team was there to bargain. But with the company unwilling to counter, a scheduled day at the table had to be cancelled. Bargaining has now broken off and the company cancelled all the scheduled August dates.

On Monday, July 23, the company applied for conciliation. This is a process under The Canada Labour Code in which the Minister of Labour appoints a conciliator to help the parties reach an agreement. The Minister should appoint a conciliator within 15 days of the application.

Outstanding items are:

  • Definitions
  • Benefits
  • Time credits, scheduling, hours of work
  • Labour/Management meetings
  • Use of company mailboxes, mail, folders,
    email, and bulletin board
  • Compensation system, wages and premiums
  • Term
  • Hot reserves
  • Casuals

Other bargaining related news:

  • Member e-mails: the CUPE bargaining committee will keep members apprised throughout the conciliation process and will e-mail members with future updates. In order to do that, they need members’ non-company e-mail addresses. The committee is asking all members to send an e-mail with their full name and the base where they work to:
    local.4060@gmail.com
  • Bylaws/Election Update: CUPE Local 4060 is waiting for approval of its bylaws from the National President’s office. As soon as bylaws are approved, members will receive a notice containing election information so that they can then elect their local executive.

The CUPE bargaining committee believes that flight attendants should be treated the same as the pilots.  “What is good for the pilots, should be good for us.”