Canadian travellers breathed a sigh of relief in September when representatives of Air Canada’s flight attendants union tentatively reached a deal with the airline, avoiding a near strike.
Not so fast.
After a 65 percent “nay” vote on Sunday, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) rejected said deal and threatened to strike. Air Canada flight attendants are now threatening to walk off the job when the clock strikes 12:01 am Thursday, a move that could leave up to 65,000 travellers in the lurch. The work stoppage may be short-lived, however, since Labour Minister Lisa Raitt has vowed to impose back-to-work legislation.
Air Canada is allowing passengers with flights scheduled between October 10 and 15 to change their flights (to any date up until December 15) at no additional cost.