FAs vote to Strike

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  1. canucklehead
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    pretty overwhelming result - Walkout possible Sept 21st.

    Air Canada flight attendants vote for strike mandate



    Air Canada flight attendants have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike mandate, clearing the way for a walkout on Sept. 21.

    Nearly 98 per cent of votes cast by members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees supported a strike, with a turnout of about 78 per cent.

    CUPE said 5,175 ballots backed a walkout, while there were 116 opposed.
     
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    Nearly 98% of the votes say yes to a strike!:(
     
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    I was scheduled to fly on the 21st......the trip was cancelled. :)
     
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    The economy is slowing down.....airlines will feel it.
    Not a good time to apply strike leverage.
     
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    It's nice to see strikes done in this manner... very European and civilized. Although they do impact customers, they try to do so with a much lower level impact to customers than what you would likely see from your average BART protester.
     
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    Not at all, many assume that the present Conservative government will put an end to the strike very quickly with back to work legislation and also try and crush the union !
     
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    been a very contentious year world wide
     
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    A coincidence? I wonder...:D
     
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    You must admit, things AC have always been contentious (pretty much the Airlines largest problem).
     
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    There is nothing average about them.
     
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    Based on the letter, it sounds like they are miles apart. Hope that is not the case!
     
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    The tone of the letter is not conducive to bringing both parties closer to a resolution.
    :eek:
     
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    Someone should publish what Ms. Welscheid and her peers made during the same period........:D
     
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    Regardless of the talking points, the acrimony between AC management has been going on for years, this latest volley does nothing to build a better worker-management relationship. Perhaps AC feels too comfortable that the "New" Government of Canada will prevent any service disruption.
     
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    I chatted with the SD on my flight last night and she was suggesting that there may be some disruption in the last couple of days prior to the strike. She figured that there was a chance that some FAs would not show for their shifts if there was a chance that they would be either overseas or otherwise away from their home when the strike started. My understanding from her was that if a FA was caught in this predicament it would be FA that had to pay for their hotel etc while the strike was on. Although she didn't outright state it, I was given the impression that the FAs would also have to cover the cost of a flight home if they chose to return.

    This SD didn't seem to think that a strike was going to solve anything and that they (the FAs) wouldn't come out of a strike any better than they went into it. Her opinion was that any strike would only last 1-2 days if it actually happened at all. It was a very interesting conversation with a non-hardliner.
     
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    Drama, along with hells kitchen finale all next week!
     
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    have already moved a couple of flights over the next two weeks to CO/UA- and saved a few dollars...
     
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    Hey- someone actually still listens to Mr. Ramsay? THIS is drama however- hopefully everything works out and on time as well.
     
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    I spent some time talking with my favourite YEG checkin agent last night. She claimed to have seen the contract that the FAs voted on and was miffed that they rejected it so resoundingly. According to her (she never did tell me details) the FAs were getting more from AC than her union did. She was of the opinion that the FAs were now just being greedy and that it was going to come back and bite them in the ass.
     
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    If your favorite agent is right, the FA will probably get less this time.
     
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