It may be a coincidence, but just weeks after Burns arrived at Flair, the company agreed on a new collective agreement with cabin crew members involved in a fierce fight with management before Christmas over plans to cut wages for new hires. Burns said that in her first two weeks of work, she was able to get together for dinner with representatives of the Canadian Union of Public Employees — the union representing cabin crew — and let the past end. With flight attendants on board, CUPE is consolidating its position as Canada`s cabin crew union, representing nearly 12,000 cabin crew members from ten different airlines from coast to coast. In the coming weeks and months, CUPE will work side-by-side with Flair`s cabin crew to begin discussions on local statutes and set priorities for their first collective agreement. KELOWNA – Unifor Local 2002 members at Flair Air have successfully secured their first collective agreement after a vote on July 5. Unifor Local 2002 would like to provide some updates on the status of the new collective agreement, which was ratified on July 5, 2018. The three-year agreement provides for improvements in working hours, guaranteed days off, overtime rates and wage increases. It also includes employer contributions for Unifor`s paid training leave and social justice. “There were some things that, from the company`s perspective, had to change in order for that change to be felt by the air host group,” Burns said. She says she sees this change at Flair and feels where the company is still small enough for the last employee to speak directly to the GENERAL manager. “It`s really a very caring nature, not just of a very superficial level, it comes from a real concern for the care of the group of employees.
CUPE is pleased to welcome Flair Airlines staff to the airline`s growing ranks of staff. “On behalf of all of us at CUPE, I would like to extend our most sincere congratulations to the 101 Members of Flair`s cabin crew who will now benefit from the strong representation and wide range of resources that Canada`s largest union offers,” said Mark Hancock, President of CUPE. In the world of ultra-low cost flight, where every dollar is precious, more money is the only thing no one can afford. It wasn`t all the fun and the game on flair. The company faced sharp criticism earlier this year, when the airline received flights to a number of destinations in the U.S. without notice and offered little compensation. . . .