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Sunwing flight attendants contemplating strike

Feb. 4, 2013, Toronto - The union representing 900 Sunwing flight attendants says it could be headed towards a strike next month over frustrations in obtaining its first collective agreement.

February 4, 2013  By The Canadian Press

The Canadian Union of Public Employees says conciliated talks set to resume Feb. 11 face a setback because of the departure of the company's chief negotiator.

Mark Brancelj, president of Local 4055, says the union is concerned that the sudden departure of the interim director of human resources will result in deadlocked negotiations.

The two sides met over two days last month and are scheduled for five additional sessions. Either side could force a labour disruption on March 2, although an extension can be granted with the consent of both parties.

The flight attendants are attempting to negotiate a first collective agreement since being accredited last March.


Sunwing Airlines operates from bases in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.


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