Quarterly Survey – Your Union wants YOUR input

As a part of our continued efforts to improve our communication, we will be launching new platforms such as a mobile app and various social media tools.  Our endeavour is to focus on the membership and facilitate a flow of communication in both directions.

We are all part of something bigger than ourselves and our collective knowledge and wisdom will go a long way in helping us develop the most effective means of communication and ensuring that you are heard.

As previously mentioned, we will be doing a survey quarterly to get your input on everything from how we are doing to where you want to see movement. Please click on the link below to take the survey.  We ask that you please be open, candid and honest.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9XNW62D

In solidarity,

Remembrance Day

Every year, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we gather in memorial parks, community halls, workplaces, schools and homes to remember the men and women who served and sacrificed for our country.

Together, we observe a moment of silence to honour the sacrifice of the many who have fallen, and to acknowledge the courage of those who still serve.

For those who would like to mark the day, there are many ceremonies in cities all across Canada.  The link below provides a listing of different services around the country:

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/get-involved/remembrance-day/events

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
We will remember them.

In solidarity,

Happy Thanksgiving!

We wanted to send out a message of gratitude to our members around the globe.   Whether we are at a National Conference or in Collective Bargaining we never forget the reason that we are here. The job of a flight attendant may have some great aspects but overall it is very difficult and challenging and we will remember this when we are fighting for your rights.   We would like to pause and say thank you for all that you do.  In the spirit of remembering how far we have come we wanted to share a link to an article which shows the challenges that our sisters faced in the early days of aviation.  Click Here to view article.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families wherever you may be.

In solidarity,

A Message From Your Component Officers

In the most recent Move Me News we have seen that Air Canada is providing more “tips” from an Onboard Service Manager’s point of view.

As per the “OBSM cabin crew tips showcase care and class” the tip from the OBSM was:

“Prior to boarding, please consider enhancing the PY and Y cabin appearance by:  Ensuring all pillows/blankets are placed neatly at the centre of the seats
Checking that all armrests are down and not in the upright position, or a mix of both”

Our members are not cabin groomers, maintenance personal or catering employees. There are other unionized employees who are responsible for this work and if they need to have additional staff to perform the work, the company should review this on their end.  We are onboard the aircraft for many reasons, such as safety, security, pre-boarding, UM’s, safety briefings, pre-flight checks and OTP, finalizing the grooming of the aircraft is not one of them.

It is unfortunate that the Company continues to try to increase what we are responsible for knowing full well that we are already responsible for all cabin safety duties.

We will continue to press on and ensure that our members receive the respect that they have earned and are due, we are professionals and as such deserve the same respect as our Air Canada colleagues.

Your Union is your voice, please continue to write in and share your stories and concerns, they are heard, shared and actioned.

In solidarity,

OBSM Follow Up

As a follow up to our August 23, 2019 OBSM bulletin, we want to speak about the OBSM program and respond to something that has come to our attention.

Despite our numerous examples of inappropriate discipline and despite the fact that we have shown time and time again the effect that this program is having on the overall morale of our members, the Company continues to press on.  We are overseeing this program with intense scrutiny and will defend our members at every turn.

In a recent Company Issued bulletin we once again saw a “tip from an OBSM”. This tip suggested:
“If you’re in the boarding lounge waiting for your aircraft to arrive with your colleagues, consider looking for opportunities to engage with customers waiting to board your flight. You can get to know them better before they board and they will likely be both surprised and delighted to get a chance to meet you before they are onboard.”

If our crew members are waiting for the arrival of their aircraft they are preparing themselves for the flight ahead. This type of suggestion is not well received.  We will continue to push back on any attempts to treat our members unfairly and to expand their work.  We would like to remind all members that while this may be a “tip” and a suggestion by an OBSM we do NOT expect our members to be socializing with passengers in the boarding lounge especially as this is unpaid time.

In solidarity,