days until our Collective Agreement expires, we are preparing, we are united and we will make change.

Remembering the Brave Flight Crews of 9/11

“Number three in the back. The cockpit’s not answering. Somebody’s stabbed in business class. And I think there’s mace—that we can’t breathe. I don’t know. I think we’re getting hijacked.”

Those were the words of Flight Attendant Betty Ann Ong as she alerted American Airlines ground personnel to a hijacking onboard Flight 11, on the fateful morning of September 11, 2001.  Another Flight Attendant on that same flight, Madeline Amy Sweeney, reported the hijacking to a manager at Boston Logan International Airport.

Meanwhile, a flight attendant on Flight 175, believed to be Robert John Fangman, reported the hijacking to an airline operator in San Francisco. The plane was flown into the South Tower of the World Trade Center shortly after that call.

A similar call was made to American Airlines by Flight Attendant Renee A. May onboard Flight 77 just before the plane was crashed into the Pentagon.

The flight crew and passengers onboard San Francisco bound Flight 93 fought to regain control of the plane after disabling the plane’s automatic pilot and making several calls to officials and family members on the ground. This was the only plane to have been successfully diverted from its intended target, which was presumed to be the U.S. Capitol, and it instead crashed into a field southeast of Pittsburgh.

The story of the incredible sacrifice of the flight crew on the four flights that were hijacked on September 11, 2001  – American Airlines Flight 11, American Airlines Flight 77, United Airlines Flight 93, and United Airlines Flight 175 – is essential to the history of the day. Today we pay tribute to those 36 courageous flight crew members who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and in doing so saved countless others.

In solidarity,

Update Regarding Calgary

We wanted to reach out to you all as there is a lot of misinformation and confusion still out there in regard to Calgary.

We have been in discussions with the Company on this issue since its announcement of the network changes that will affect the base’s flying.

We can confirm the following:

* There will be no layoffs and/or forced transfers as a result of this recent announcement.
* All provisions of LOU60 will apply, as Air Canada is no longer invoking Force Majeure.
* L60.02.03 clearly states there shall be no Air Canada Mainline base closures during the life of this LOU.
* The assignment and distribution of flying will continue to be based on operational and language requirements as per normal planning procedures.

Many have reached out on transferring to other bases, the Company advised the following:

Should YYC based crew who have less than 6 months service wish to be considered for a base transfer, they may add their names to the base transfer list, and we will review and award by seniority and availability/vacancies at the other bases, in accordance with the existing base transfer process. Currently, crew members can list themselves on the base transfer request list which is processed on a monthly basis. Version 1 – 08/31/23 Additional information can be found on the Portal under IFS > Crew Scheduling and Planning > Base Transfers. The next deadline to list for a base transfer is September 6, 2023, for November 23 block month.

Your Union is clearly unhappy with this announcement, and we completely understand the negative feeling this has for many.

As issues come up, we deal with them with the Company and have had open dialogue on this front since the beginning.  Please continue to reach out with any questions you have on this, we are here to address issues that come forward.

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

Kim Wentzell
President, Local 4095

Cosmic Radiation

A cosmic radiation program was implemented at the company following discussions with the Union and at the Policy Health and Safety Committee. This program follows a government advisory document which outlines the minimum steps that Canadian air carriers should follow in order to provide their employees with an opportunity to monitor and minimize their exposure to cosmic radiation.

Federal guidelines require that an employee’s exposure is no more than 50mSv in any five-year period or 20 mSv within any 12-month period.

To ensure this, the guidelines also require employers to take measures to allow any employee approaching 6mSv to reduce their exposure.  This is in line with the ALARP principle of keeping exposure as low as reasonably possible.

  • You will receive summary emails detailing your cumulative exposure year-to-date.
  • If you are projected to approach 6mSv within the year, you will receive a separate email.
  • If you have exceeded 6mSv, you will receive a separate email
  • Separate exposure recommendations exist for pregnant persons (max 1mSv). See your local for details.

You can view your exposure and history any time, as well as consult the FAQ document by going to

Your OH&S committees can answer questions and your bidding reps can assist in suggesting bid choices that may help reduce exposure.

Emails regarding levels approaching or exceeding 6mSv will include an invitation to discuss options to reduce exposure. We urge you to accept this offer. Please note that you may have union representation for this discussion.

In solidarity,

Your Air Canada Component of CUPE Health and Safety Committee

Labour Day – September 4, 2023

Dear Air Canada Component Members,

In our ever-evolving journey to secure fair pay, proper rest, and the respect we deserve from our employer and the traveling public, we stand united as the voice of nearly 10,000 dedicated flight attendants at Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge. Our commitment to safety, security, and ensuring the well-being of our passengers remains unwavering.

A Legacy of Dedication: The History of Flight Attendant Unions in Canada
The history of flight attendant unions in Canada is both long and fascinating. From the early days of aviation to the present, flight attendants have consistently advocated for their rights and the betterment of working conditions. We acknowledge the hard-fought battles of our predecessors, whose determination paved the way for the rights and protections we enjoy today.

Safety First: Our Core Priority
At the heart of our mission is the safety and security of our passengers. We take immense pride in our role as aviation professionals, ensuring that every flight reaches its destination safely. As CUPE Air Canada Component members, we embody the spirit of dedication and responsibility that defines our profession.

Honoring Our Global Colleagues and Aviation Workers
We extend our utmost respect and admiration to flight attendants and aviation workers worldwide. The challenges and demands of our profession are universal, and we stand in solidarity with our colleagues across the globe.

Labour Day: A Time to Reflect and Celebrate
As Labour Day approaches, it is essential to recognize the significance of this day in Canada. It serves as a tribute to the sacrifices and relentless efforts of generations past who fought for workers’ rights and created the labor movement. Labour unions have played a pivotal role in securing improved working conditions, fair wages, and a dignified work-life balance for all.

On this Labor Day, let us pay homage to the rich legacy of the labor movement and renew our commitment to advancing the interests of flight attendants at Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and around the globe. Together, we are a powerful force for change.

PBS Flash Bulletin – Confirmation of Old UI Decommission


As of today, September 1, 2023, the Old UI is no longer available.

The process of decommissioning the Old UI has started and is to be completed in the next few days. You can find more information on using the Web App on both the Aeronet portal as well as via under Resources > PBS Bidder’s Guide & Bulletin Updates.

Please note that there is no requirement to redo your bid. Your bids, including your default and training bids, have always been available in the Web App (New UI).

Direct Link for PBS

Mainline WebApp

Rouge WebApp