Diversity Committee

The Air Canada Component Diversity Committee is an Ad Hoc Committee established under Section 10.2 of the Air Canada Component of CUPE Bylaws.

The Committee shall be comprised of one (1) Committee Chairperson appointed by the Component President, and one (1) Committee member from each base appointed by the Local President.

The Mobilization and Engagement Committee shall: 

  • Advocate for the marginalized members in the workplace and manage issues related to discrimination and challenges associated with ethnic or racial bias.
  • Educate the Company and members on the benefits of diversity in the workplace.
  • Advise Air Canada’s leadership on the D&I needs and the progress of diversity initiatives throughout the Company.
  • Ensure that the Employment Equity Act is respected and or surpasses the requirement and review demographic data.
  • Encourage Air Canada to implement a mandatory unconscious bias/diversity training incorporated in the CRM sessions as part of the Annual Recurrent training as well as within the inflight management team.
  • Organize educational workshops/focus groups.
  • Ensure Air Canada creates and maintains inclusive workplace policies.
  • Push for more clear communication from Company on issues surrounding diversity & inclusion and systemic racism in the workplace.
  • Encourage Company to offer opportunities for employee engagement.
  • Encourage and support Air Canada’s professional efforts towards development opportunities such as their contributions to member’s education.
  • Ensure Air Canada’s leadership team reflects diversity by hiring and promoting diverse candidates in those roles.
  • Encourage diversity in Air Canada’s marketing strategies to ensure the diverse workforce is showcased.
  • The Committee to schedule monthly meetings to discuss and design diversity acts.
  • The Committee to encourage bi-monthly meetings with the company to discuss progress of diversity initiatives.
  • Report to the Component President at least once monthly, verbally or in writing, and report to the quarterly ACCEX meetings in writing.
  • Update membership on a quarterly basis via bulletin.
  • Respond to member emails as required.
  • Ensure the proper functioning of the Component Committee.
  • Ensure that Committee Members are fully knowledgeable and are carrying out their duties.
  • Manage the approved Committee budget in cooperation with the Component Secretary-Treasurer, in accordance with the Component Bylaws.
  • Confirm all verbal communications with the Company in writing. All written Committee communications should be copied to the Component President.

The Diversity Committee shall not: 

  • Have the power to make any decision binding on the Union.
  • Discuss, distribute or otherwise use confidential information which they may become privy to during the course of fulfilling the duties of the Communication Committee with anyone outside the Committee, with the exception of the Component Officers.
  • Send out any type of communication to the Membership or the Company without the express written consent of the Component President.

As Special Assignment is defined as quasi management in the Collective Agreement, any member who is on a Special Assignment shall continue to pay dues and be eligible for voting but must resign from any CUPE position and shall not be eligible for nomination or appointment to any office or Committee in the  Union.  He/she shall not be eligible to attend meetings of the Union except with the approval of a majority of the members at such meetings.

All Committees shall adhere to the Component Expense policy.

While a budget may be provided for, all Committees involve a certain amount of volunteerism.

It is an established principle that whenever Union Officers and committee members are scheduled to meet with the Company, there will always be at least two Union Members present.

Central Site

THE CENTRAL SITE REPRESENTATIVE SHALL:

1. The Committee shall comprise of two (2) Central Site representatives appointed by the Component President, with one representative that works out of Air Canada Headquarters in YUL and one representative that works out of the Air Canada Operations Centre in YYZ. The Component President will appoint one (1) of the representatives as Chair for Central Site.

2. Prioritize the Central Site work as assigned by the Component President first and by the Locals as second.

3. Liaise between the Union and the Company, and between the Union and its blocking representatives, in giving the Union’s position or decision, when necessary. In both instances, the Union position will be given, in writing by the Component Officers or the ACCEX to the Central Site Representatives for clarity.

4. Does not have the power to make decisions binding on the Union. If Component or Local officers are unavailable and a decision must be taken, the Central Site Representative may do so without prejudice and will advise the Company of the without prejudice decision. He/she will contact the Component officers of the decision, as soon as possible.

5. Is expected to oversee the general application of the Collective Agreement and will report to the Component/Locals inconsistencies or irregularities in application of the Collective Agreement from base to base or person to person. He/she will also provide documentation relating to those irregularities or inconsistencies.

6. Gather information as per Article 20 of the Collective Agreement.

7. Report to the Component President a least once a month verbally or in writing, and report to the quarterly Regular ACCEX meetings in writing.

8. Manage the approved Central Site budget in accordance with the Component bylaws.

9. Promote the Union policy by having a minimum of two CUPE representatives whenever possible when meeting with the employer on official union business.

10. Confirm all verbal communications with the Company in writing.

11. Verify that flight release and top up requests for the Component Officers and Locals are properly actioned by the employer and report any discrepancies to the Component President.

12. Verify and suggest highest earner for the Component Officers.

As Special Assignment is defined as quasi management in the Collective Agreement, any member who is on a Special Assignment shall continue to pay dues and be eligible for voting but must resign from any CUPE position and shall not be eligible for nomination or appointment to any office or Committee in the Union. They shall not be eligible to attend meetings of the Union except with the approval of a majority of the members at such meetings.

Bylaw Committee

The Bylaw Review Committee is an Ad Hoc Committee established under Section 9.2 of the Air Canada Component of CUPE bylaws. Its purpose is to review the Component Bylaws and present bylaw amendments and/or additions to ACCEX, which will make final recommendations to be adopted by a Membership referendum vote. A member of ACCEX will liaise with the Committee and be present at all meetings to ensure directions of ACCEX is being followed.

The Bylaw Committee will be composed of one (1) Committee Chair, (1) Component Member, and Five (5) Local Component Members, all of which are appointed by the Component President and should not be an existing member of the Air Canada Component Executive (ACCEX).

The Bylaw Review Committee Members Shall:

1) Review and make recommendations on amendments and/or additions to the Component Bylaws. All Component Bylaw amendments and/or additions shall be presented to ACCEX for final recommendation to the membership.

2) Attend all Bylaw Committee Meetings.

3) Comply with Section 13 of the Air Canada Component Bylaws regarding the Procedure to Amend Component Bylaws.

4) Comply to Section 13.1 of the Air Canada Component Bylaws Internal decision making of the Component Bylaw Committee should adhere

The Bylaw Review Committee Shall Not:

1) Have the power to make any decision binding on the Union.

2) Send out any type of communication to the Membership or the Company without the express written consent of the Component President.

As Special Assignment is defined as quasi management in the Collective Agreement, any member who is on a Special Assignment shall continue to pay dues and be eligible for voting but must resign from any CUPE position and shall not be eligible for nomination or appointment to any office or Committee in the Union.

All Committees and Committee Members shall adhere to the Component Expense policy.

Bilingual Committee

The main purpose of the Component Bilingual Committee is to safeguard and promote Canada’s two official languages in the workplace as well as within the Union.

THE COMPONENT BILINGUAL COMMITTEE SHALL:

1. Work with the Component president to ensure that Canada’s official languages act is upheld by the employer and that issues affecting the members are addressed.

2. Meet with the Company on a regular basis to discuss any issues regarding bilingualism and report these discussions to the Component President.

3. Meet with government officials when required.

4. Report to the Component President at least every 3 months verbally or in writing, and report to the quarterly regular ACCEX meetings in writing.

THE COMPONENT BILINGUAL COMMITTEE SHALL NOT:

1. Have the power to make any decision binding on the Union.

2. Send out any type of communication to the membership or the Company without the express written consent of the Component President.

As special assignment is defined as quasi management in the collective agreement, any member who is on Special Assignment shall continue to pay dues and be eligible for voting but must resign from any CUPE position and shall not be eligible for nomination or appointment to any office Committee in the Union.

All Committees and committee members shall adhere to the Component Expense policy.

Benefits Committee

The Benefit Committee is an Ad Hoc Committee established under Section 9.2 of the Air Canada Component of CUPE bylaws.

1. Work with the Component President to ensure that the Collective Agreement is upheld and implemented by the employer and that issues affecting the members are addressed.

2. Report to ACCEX in writing quarterly and keep the Component President apprised of all matters related to the Committee.

3. Draft membership bulletin information, if required, for submission to the Component President

4. Ensure the proper functioning of the Component Benefits Committee.

5. Ensure that Local officers are informed of any issues relating to benefits that would affect them and work to assist the local officers with any benefit related matters.

6. Manage the approved Committee budget in cooperation with the Component SecretaryTreasurer, in accordance with the Component Bylaws and policies.

7. Confirm all verbal communications with the Company in writing. All written Committee communications should be copied to the Component President. The Committee has no authority to make decisions binding on the Union.

9. Purpose of the Committee:

a) Inform, support and advise Local Officers and Component Officers of any issues relating to benefits;

b) Promote and further the rights of employees with benefits related issues within the context of their rights under the Collective Agreement and Human Rights legislation;

c) Promote through education, a solid knowledge of benefit entitlements for all of the Air Canada Flight Attendants.

10. The composition of the Committee is;

a) One (1) Committee Chairperson appointed by the Air Canada Component President

b) Committee members as required.

11. Committee Member Duties

a) The Chairperson;

i) Ensure the leadership and the coordination of the affairs of the Committee;

ii) Carry out any tasks entrusted to her or him by the Committee;

b)       i) Act as liaison between the Committee and the Local Union offices

ii) Share their expertise in order to function and / or reach the goals of the Committee;

iii) Carry out any tasks entrusted to them by the Committee.

12. Meetings The Committee shall meet as required and as determined by the Committee members.