Canada

Air Transat flight attendants approve new contract

Nearly two-thirds of Air Transat flight attendants in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver have voted to approve a new collective agreement, some six weeks after voting in favour of a strike mandate.

Nearly two-thirds of Air Transat flight attendants have voted to approve a new collective agreement, some six weeks after voting in favour of a strike mandate.

The new pact was reached July 8.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) represents about 1,500 Air Transat flight attendants in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

Union members turned down a contract offer June 16, and voted 93 per cent in favour of strike action. No strike date was set.

CUPE says 65 per cent of flight attendants gave the thumbs-up to the recently reached five-year deal.

Retroactive to November 2010, when the last contract expired, the new deal includes wage increases and pension upgrades.

The union also says the maximum shift length will remain at 14 hours, not 15 hours, which was initially requested by the airline.

Earlier this week, Air Canada announced it had reached a tentative deal with the union representing about 6,800 flight attendants.

No details will be released until the contract is approved by CUPE members and the airline's board.

With files from The Canadian Press

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