Lately we have been getting questions from Encore flight attendants asking what’s the difference between a union and the existing association (EWCCA).
The simplest answer is, with a union, you get a legally binding contract that does not change whenever its convenient for management. A union is accountable to you not the company. And with a union, decisions are made transparently and democratically.
With CUPE, you are the union. The strength of the union comes from its members. Union staff are accountable to members – meaning you and your fellow flight attendants. Unlike EWCCA, CUPE doesn’t have to answer to WestJet management, and our funding doesn’t depend on keeping management happy.
With CUPE, you are empowered to make decisions which improve the well-being of flight attendants and push for policies that make sense for a cruising altitude of 23,000 feet, not at a desk at ground level.
These important differences between CUPE and an employee association are especially important right now as EWCCA prepares to “negotiate” a “contract” in the new year. Encore flight attendants need to negotiate a real legally-binding contract to protect their rights at work.
We’re ready for a real union at Encore!
Help your colleagues make real change that works for you. Sign a friend up today!
|CUPE||Non-unionized employee groups|
|Has collective bargaining rights protected by legislation (Canada Labour Code)||YES||NO|
|Can, through legislation, compel the employer to bargain||YES||NO|
|Covered by provisions to assist with achieving a first collective agreement||YES||NO|
|Bargains collective agreements that are enforceable and binding||YES||NO|
|Employer cannot unilaterally change the terms and conditions of a collective agreement – must have the agreement of the Union||YES||NO|
|Accountable to its members||YES||NO|
|Members approve the bargaining proposals before the bargaining committee starts bargaining||YES||NO|
|Bargaining committee reports back to members on regular basis||YES||NO|
|Members approve the collective agreement||YES||NO|
|Has an enforceable dispute resolution process with timelines and the ability to refer to an independent arbitrator (grievance procedure)||YES||NO|
|Has decades of experience negotiating collective agreements for flight attendants in Canada||YES||NO|
|Has the resources and expertise to meet the employer on a level playing field when negotiating a collective agreement||YES||NO|
|Dependent on the employer to provide resources for bargaining (and general operations)||NO||YES|
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