REMINDER & UPDATE – Aviation workers take to streets of Toronto and Montreal to demand support

Today CUPE National issued the following Press Release regarding the upcoming rallies on Friday in Toronto and Montreal:
CUPE Flight Attendants Will Take to the Streets in Montreal and Toronto to Demand Support for Jobs, Industry

Flight attendants will join forces with other airline workers this Friday in Toronto and Montreal to send a unified message to the federal government: it’s time to support workers in the airline industry whose livelihoods have been shattered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of Canada’s flight attendant union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), will stand together in solidarity with members of Unifor and other unions representing workers in the airline sector to distribute leaflets and demand support from the federal government.

“We need action from the federal government yesterday,” says Wesley Lesosky, President of CUPE’s Airline Division. “Every day that passes means more jobs lost and more lives and livelihoods hanging in the balance.”

CUPE, which represents 15,000 flight attendants at nine airlines across Canada, has called on the federal government to implement pre-boarding COVID-19 rapid tests at airports to make flying safer. CUPE also says any direct government support to airlines should come with a public stake in the companies.

When:
Friday, October 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. ET

Where:
TORONTO: Pearson International Airport Terminal 1
– Employees who are working are able to parking in the terminal parking garage as per normal.
– For those who are currently laid off or are on a leave, the GTAA has made the following arrangements to provide complimentary parking – Rally members and supporters will enter the T1 parking facility on Level 4 and obtain a parking voucher from the parking kiosk. Complimentary facility parking will be valid only between 0900 and 1201 hours.  Vehicles must park on Level 4 at the South end of the facility. This voucher initially obtained will be required when leaving the facility. The participants will enter the Terminal facility via the South Bridge and proceed as directed.

MONTREAL: Minister of Transport Marc Garneau Constituency Office, 4060 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Westmount QC
– Montreal based members, as per COVID-19 “red zone” regulations you must maintain physical distancing and wear a mask at all times while at the protest. There are high fines for non-compliance.

In solidarity,

Aviation workers take to streets of Toronto and Montreal to demand support

Your Union leadership is sending out a call for action.  If you have the time, please join our brothers and sisters in a “demand for support” for our industry.  The details for the rallies in Toronto and Montreal can be found below.

We need to be heard! This is an important time to ensure that our members are shown the respect they deserve from the Federal Government.

Aviation workers take to streets of Toronto and Montreal to demand support

Aviation workers will hold a rally and distribute leaflets and two provinces on Friday, to urge the federal government to create a national aviation recovery strategy.

Media are invited to attend the events that will feature Unifor leadership and front line workers.

“Over the past seven months we have seen a transformation in the aviation sector like no other,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The facts are now clear. If we want to save our aviation industry from total collapse, we need the federal government to implement an aviation strategy that focuses on workers and building the sector as a whole.”

When:
Friday, October 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. ET

Where:
TORONTO: Pearson International Airport Terminal 1
– Employees who are working are able to parking in the terminal parking garage as per normal.
– For those who are currently laid off or are on a leave, the GTAA has made the following arrangements to provide complimentary parking – Rally members and supporters will enter the T1 parking facility on Level 4 and obtain a parking voucher from the parking kiosk. Complimentary facility parking will be valid only between 0900 and 1201 hours.  Vehicles must park on Level 4 at the South end of the facility. This voucher initially obtained will be required when leaving the facility. The participants will enter the Terminal facility via the South Bridge and proceed as directed.

MONTREAL: Minister of Transport Marc Garneau Constituency Office, 4060 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Westmount QC

In solidarity,

Recall Update – October 24, 2020

We wanted to provide a brief update on the recall process, as new notices for Rouge in YMQ (Montreal) went out yesterday. These new notices are still for the 60 positions we announced last week and are being sent due to members declining a recall to Rouge.

YMQ – Rouge Montreal Recalls

Of the 100 notices sent last week for 60 positions, three members have accepted.  These notices were sent to seniority 18215 to 18850. Acceptance was open until October 21, 2020.  If you did NOT accept your recall, you MUST decline by October 28, 2020.

New notices went out yesterday to seniority 18855 to 19760.  Acceptance is open until November 3, 2020.  If you do NOT wish to accept your recall, you MUST decline by November 10, 2020.

For these YMQ recalls, all members are expected to be available and start as of November 23, 2020.  You will be starting to accrue pay credits (MMG) at this time.

YTO – Rouge Toronto Recalls

The recall process for YTO – Rouge Toronto has finished.

Seniority 18215-21790 were all offered recalls to YTO.  Out of the 714 recalls issued 142 have accepted.

Air Canada Mainline Recalls

At this time there are no recalls in process for any mainline bases.

Updated Seniority List for Recall Purposes

We have requested the “Recall Seniority List” on ACaeronet be updated to reflect real time information from the original list posted. Currently the most junior member recalled to Mainline is seniority 18210.

Your Component Officers will maintain this update weekly, so that everyone is aware of where they are at for recalls.

In solidarity,

Coronavirus Update 29

As you know, the Airline Division of CUPE and the Air Canada Component of CUPE continue to advocate for the Federal Government to implement a testing strategy that includes, but is not limited to, rapid pre-departure testing.  This is paramount to ensure our members, our priority, are looked after and placed in a more secure safe setting.  As the COVID-19 positive passengers continue to get on our flights, this is an additional measure to ensure the Government is doing all it can to ensure your right to a safe environment.

Every week, we have discussions with Transport Canada and the various other federal agencies and air travel sector Unions to discuss matters related to COVID-19. As recently as this Tuesday, October 20, 2020, your Union was advised that the medical branch of Transport Canada Civil Aviation is working on a draft document to facilitate coordination of a testing strategy, which would take time since it involves coordination with the provinces. On Tuesday, October 13, 2020 we were advised by the agencies that while work continues with regards to testing, we shouldn’t expect change soon since the bulk of resources have been devoted to getting the second wave under control in Canada.

It was therefore very surprising to find out, via the media none the less, that the Federal Government has, in partnership with the province of Alberta, decided to launch a pilot project at Calgary International Airport for arrival-based testing.

In the absence of further information, the Union cannot pronounce itself other than to say that the trial does not appear to reflect a pre-departure regimen that is needed to maintain a higher safety aspect in the cabin, YOUR work environment. It is the Union’s belief that proper testing, prior to departure, would provide greater confidence to customers about the in-flight portion of their journey and offer a superior level of safety to our members.

In Solidarity,