Aviation Rally in YHZ

An aviation rally has been organized for Halifax (YHZ) on Monday, November 9, 2020.

Let’s stand in solidarity with our fellow aviation workers during this crucial time for our industry!
Date:
Monday, November 9, 2020

Time:
10:00h

Location:
Aviation Workers Atlantic Canada Rally to save Aviation in Canada
Grand Parade 1700 Barrington St
Halifax, NS

A rally is also being planned for YVR.  Please stay tuned for more details.

 

In solidarity,

Aviation Rallies in YYZ & YUL

    

Aviation workers held rallies earlier today in Toronto, at Pearson International Airport, and in Montreal, at Minister of Transport – Marc Garneau’s office, to urge the federal government to create a national aviation recovery strategy.

Members of your ACCEX stood together in solidarity with their fellow Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge flight attendants, as well as with members of Unifor and other unions representing workers in the airline sector.

We want to thank all of the members that took part in these rallies.  As well we extend our thanks to Unifor for organizing these rallies.

Rallies are also being planned for the west coast in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned for more information.

In solidarity,

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,

Air Transat Update #2

As a follow-up to the announcement of the amended purchase agreement of Air Transat, we want to address a few things to provide clarification.

We first want to reiterate that nothing has changed since the proposed acquisition was first announced in 2019. The revised purchase price must still go before the Air Transat shareholders for approval at a shareholders’ meeting to be scheduled in early December 2020. In addition, the required regulatory approvals from both the Canadian and European governments are still not in place yet.

We also want to reassure you that your Air Canada Component Executive (ACCEX) is elected to represent the interests of the Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge Cabin Crew members. We are not elected to represent the interests of the Air Transat Cabin Crew members or those of CUPE National. CUPE’s structure is based on a bottom-up approach, meaning we take direction from our members and each Local has its own autonomy. This is different than other Unions and allows your Locals and Component to represent your interests without interference.

Your ACCEX understands that given COVID-19 and the resulting layoffs, this news may bring with it a high level of anxiety for our members who remain on layoff status. We understand and share your concerns, and we are prepared to advocate for you and for your careers.

We continue to engage with the Company to learn more and understand the potential impact on our membership but have been provided with limited concrete information to date. We ask for our members’ patience as we seek further information – and we will be back to you with new information as it becomes available. In closing, one thing that we can assure you of is that we will be well informed and will use all resources at our disposal to protect the interests of our members.

In solidarity,