Reserve Handbook

As many of you have not flown reserve in several years, we felt it was a good time to issue a refresher with the Reserve Handbook and its updates.

Please click HERE to view the newly updated Reserve Handbook.

As always please reach out to me or to your local office if you need further clarity or have any questions.

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

For several months I have been writing to members of the Provincial and Federal governments imploring them to classify Flight Attendants as “those contributing to the maintenance of other essential services for the functioning of society” and “those whose living or working conditions put them at elevated risk of infection” under the government’s Preliminary guidance on key populations for early COVID-19 immunization.

With the exception of a few of replies outlining general provincial and territorial vaccination plans, these letters have largely gone unanswered.

My letters, and the few responses I have received, can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Today I wrote to Prime Minister Trudeau reminding him of the important contributions and sacrifices that Flight Attendants have made throughout this pandemic, and why it is so important for them to be protected with vaccines while they continue to go to work every day.

You can ready my full letter to Prime Minister Trudeau by clicking HERE.

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

Webinar: COVID-19: Loneliness & Isolation Fatigue – Self-Care Strategies

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it prolongs the need to maintain physical distancing practices in tandem with adherence to lockdown protocols restricting in-person interactions in order to prevent and mitigate the spread of the virus. While these measures help to keep our communities, families and workplaces safe, it brings with it unique challenges such as loss of routines, isolation fatigue and loneliness. In the face of these challenges, it is even more important for us to practice self-care strategies and to nurture the positive relationships and connections in our lives.

To support members across the country, on Tuesday, April 13th and Wednesday April 14th Homewood Health will be hosting a webinar focused on the unique challenges for individuals experiencing loneliness and isolation fatigue.

COVID-19: Loneliness & Isolation Fatigue – Self-Care Strategies, hosted by Katherine Sisak & Sophia Oumzil (English) and Jacques Lareau (French).

This one-hour session will increase participant’s awareness and understanding of the psychological impacts of isolation and loneliness while highlighting factors that can promote and preserve their health and well-being during the pandemic and beyond.

Dates and times:

ENGLISH: Tuesday, April 13th @ 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST facilitated by Katherine Sisak
ENGLISH: Tuesday, April 13th  @ 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. PST facilitated by Sophia Oumzil
FRENCH: Wednesday, April 14th @ 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST facilitated by Jacques Lareau

Please note that this webinar will be recorded and posted to our website one week following the final session.

Please join us for this special event.
Space is limited, register now!

Katherine Sisak, MSW, RSW, RP
Katherine Sisak has worked as a clinician and manager in the field of mental health and addiction for over 10 years in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, shelters, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs, and private practice. She has been with Homewood Health since 2016, first as the Trauma Specialist at the Homewood Health Clinic working with first responders consulting for trauma-related issues, and currently as a Clinical Manager with Disability Prevention Services. Katherine holds registration with the OCSWSSW as a social worker, and as a psychotherapist with the CRPO.

Sophia Oumzil, MSW, RSW, 
Sophia Oumzil has worked as a clinician and manager in the field of mental health and trauma in a variety of settings including hospitals, EFAP, outpatient clinics and private practice. She has been with Homewood Health in a variety of capacities since 2013, and is currently a Clinical Manager with Crisis Management Services. Sophia holds registration with the BCCSW as a Social worker.

Register Here: Tuesday, April 13th 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST

Register Here: Tuesday, April 13th 7:00-8:00 p.m. PST

Register Here: Wednesday, April 14th 7:00-8:00 p.m.EST

Layoff Notices – Cancellation of 129 Layoff Notices

The Company has advised the Union that they are in a position to rescind 129 layoff notices that were to take effect March 2, 2021. The cancellations of these layoffs will occur in seniority order and individuals will receive notice in their Air Canada emails.

Members whose layoff has been cancelled will fall into one of the four categories below:

  1. Members who were already on a mitigation SPLOA or RBP will have their layoff cancelled and return to their mitigation SPLOA or RBP.
  2. Members who bid on a mitigation SPLOA or RBP during the latest mitigation award will have their layoff cancelled and be awarded the mitigation option that they bid on.
  3. Members who were on a COVID-19 leave or other leave will have their layoff cancelled and remain on their respective leave.
  4. Members who otherwise would have been active for March 2021 will have their layoff cancelled and will receive information from Crew Planning on how to bid for a pre-built reserve block for the March 2021 block month.

For those members who have had their layoff cancelled you are also now eligible to be awarded vacation during the second bid period which closes on March 2, 2021 at 0800 EST.

As a result of these cancellations, the most junior member to remain active for March 2021 has seniority #10980, based on the posted 2020 Seniority Numbers on aeronet.

In solidarity,

Join the call to save good jobs in Canadian airlines!

Directly calling your elected representatives is one of the best ways to make your voice heard. Politicians take it seriously when citizens take the time and effort to call in to voice their concerns. And when hundreds or even thousands of us call them with the same concerns, they really start to get the message. Let’s send the Trudeau government a message they can’t ignore.


  • If you don’t get a person, leave a message!

Who to call?

  • Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland (Toronto, ON)
    • Ottawa: 613-992-5234
    • Toronto: 416-928-1451
  • Transport Minister Omar Alghabra (Mississauga, ON)
    • Ottawa: 613-992-1301
    • Mississauga: 905-848-8595
  • Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough (Delta, BC)
    • Ottawa: 613-992-2957
    • Delta: 778-593-4007
  • Or find your local MP here

What to say?

  • As a worker, I am disappointed in your government’s total betrayal of this vital industry and the people who keep it in the air
  • Airline workers in Canada have been calling for help from your government for a year and we’re still waiting to hear what your government will do to save our jobs and our industry
  • Our union, CUPE, has been reaching out to your government for the past year to request a meeting only to be ignored every single time
  • It is time for the government to stop ignoring our concerns
  • Canada is one of the only countries in the developed world without a comprehensive plan to help their airline industries weather the pandemic – this must stop
  • We need a relief package for the industry that prioritizes saving jobs and livelihoods, and that ensures there is an industry for us to return to when the pandemic is over
  • It is simply unacceptable for your government to be listening only to the executive boardrooms of the major airlines – you must listen to workers too
  • When your government needed help bringing Canadians home from abroad last year, we answered the call
  • Now it’s your turn to answer ours