CUPE Asks Transport Canada For A Seat At The Table In Recertifying The 737 MAX

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) branches representing flight attendants at Air Canada, Sunwing and WestJet have announced that they stand in solidarity with the American flight attendant unions who expressed safety concerns about the Boeing 737 MAX flying again soon and 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," said CUPE in a statement. "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 U.S. flight attendant unions, CUPE asked that it be consulted before Transport Canada makes the decision to allow the Boeing 737 MAX to fly in Canada. 

"We need access to all the information required to assess the safety of these aircraft," it said. "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.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.