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Boeing 737 MAX

Below please see a CUPE Press Release that was done in consultation with Local 4070 – WestJet and Local 4055 – Sunwing.  As information comes forward, we will keep everyone posted.

We have met with Transport Canada, Air Canada Labour, Air Canada Health and Safety, In Flight Service, Flight Operations and our counter parts within the Airline Division to ensure that we are all on the same page when it comes to the re-introduction of the B737 MAX.

We remain steadfast in our position that the aircraft needs to be 100% safe prior to it entering the Canadian skies.

MEDIA ADVISORY November 5, 2019

Transport Canada will have to demonstrate that the Boeing 737 Max are safe to fly

OTTAWA – The unions representing flight attendants at Air Canada, Sunwing and WestJet stand in solidarity with the American flight attendant unions who expressed safety concerns about the Boeing 737 Max flying again soon. The Air Canada Component of CUPE (Air Canada Mainline and Air Canada Rouge), CUPE local 4055 (Sunwing), and CUPE local 4070 (WestJet, WestJet Encore and Swoop) are calling on Transport Canada to take its responsibility in ensuring the safety of these aircraft.

The safety of passengers and crew must always come first. The federal government’s decision to ground the Boeing 737 Max in Canada was the right thing to do. Given the record of Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration in that file, it will now be up to Transport Canada to provide assurances that these aircraft are fully compliant and safe for our members and the travelling public.

Like the US flight attendant unions, CUPE must be consulted before Transport Canada makes the decision to allow the Boeing 737 Max to fly in our skies again. We need access to all the information required to assess the safety of these aircraft. The highest possible safety standards will be called for to avoid another tragedy. Simply stating these aircraft are safe does not make it so.

Air Canada, Sunwing, and WestJet are the three Canadian airlines operating the Boeing 737 Max. CUPE represents more than 13,000 flight attendants working at those airlines.

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE