One of the most common questions we get when we are talking to newer flight attendants is: what is the difference between a unionized and a non-unionized work place? The greatest and most fundamental difference is that workers have a voice.
Right now at Encore, no one has our back, no one is looking out for our best interests. But that can change. It must change!
When the last contract came around, we were told that we would get a vote, but at the last minute management decided to implement the “evergreen agreement”. And, there was nothing we could do. We couldn’t demand better because we didn’t have a union.
We now hear that changes to the agreement are in the works again, but Encore FAs have been left out in the dark once more. When we have a union, negotiations on a contract will be driven by us.
And at the end of the day, the truth is, no matter what agreement comes out, if it isn’t negotiated by our union, it won’t be worth the paper it’s written on, because it’s not legally enforceable. We have seen that management will unilaterally change anything within it, or more commonly, just flat out ignore it when it suits them.
Joining CUPE will give us the voice that we need and a we will all have a vote on issues that matter to us.
Let’s get this done. It’s time for us to get the tools and resources we need to negotiate a legally enforceable contract that puts encore FAs first!