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Language Qualifications For Air Transat Flight attendants

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We the undersigned are asking our local Union CUPE local 4047  and the Air Transat Component to  look into the awarding of language qualified blocks, to assure that our days off and seniority are respected as per the letter of the law in an equitable manner as they have done for other parties, thus giving us clear clarification of  Article B 5.09 in our collective agreement before the summer season .  Clarification  is also needs to be  given for  Flight Attendant's who fall into a dual qualification category.


B5.09 Pairings - Foreign languages. Pairings requiring the presence of a Cabin Attendant who is proficient in the language of a given flight destination will be awarded according to seniority and will first be subject to bids from a Cabin Attendant belonging to the Flight Attendant classification.  If no Flight Attendant whose name is marked on the list of Cabin Personnel qualified for a foreign language has bid for the pairing identified to that effect, the Company (CSO) will draft the qualified Flight Attendant with the least seniority.

However, if no Flight Attendant qualified for a given language has completed the "Foreign Languages Qualifications" form available from In-Flight Service (see Appendix "B" in the Collective Agreement), then a Flight Director classification who has filled out the form may be awarded a foreign language pairing, in order of seniority.

B5.09.01 For flights requiring Cabin Personnel qualified in the official language of the country served by Air Transat, the Company may assign a maximum of two Cabin Attendants who speak the official language of the country, if that flight is operated on an A-330, and one Cabin Attendant in the case of a B-757, B737, A310 or A320.  (page 76)

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