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‎Today, ‎June ‎11, ‎2019, ‏‎5 hours ago

CUPE Swoops in to represent final group of WestJet flight attendants

‎Today, ‎June ‎11, ‎2019, ‏‎5 hours ago | Canadian Aviation News

Provided by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)/CNW


OTTAWA, June 11, 2019 /CNW/ – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has been certified to represent flight attendants at Swoop, a fully owned subsidiary of WestJet.

CUPE has previously been certified by the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to represent flight attendants at Westjet mainline and Encore, Westjet’s regional carrier.

With the addition of the 170 Swoop employees, CUPE now represents almost 4,000 WestJet Flight Attendants. All flight attendants of WestJet and its subsidiaries are now represented by CUPE.

“It is such a pleasure to welcome this last part of the WestJet organization into CUPE,” said Mark Hancock, President of CUPE National.  “We are honoured that Flight Attendants put their trust in us and we will work hard to keep that trust.”

CUPE is Canada’s largest union with 680,000 members including 15,000 flight attendants.

SOURCE Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

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On 6/12/2019 at 1:26 PM, J.O. said:

For all the talk about copying the Southwest model, Greg didn't put enough focus onto the most crucial part.

I think he was ultimately doomed at WestJet by the success Alaska enjoyed with their extremely adversarial management practices and cutbacks during the mid-2000s.

What "worked" at Alaska (a lot of it didn't work at all) wasn't going to work at WestJet, but given the extent to which the board tolerated his antics (until they didn't) it seems he was probably hired to do just that.

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