Reserve Handbook

As many of you have not flown reserve in several years, we felt it was a good time to issue a refresher with the Reserve Handbook and its updates.

Please click HERE to view the newly updated Reserve Handbook.

As always please reach out to me or to your local office if you need further clarity or have any questions.

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

For several months I have been writing to members of the Provincial and Federal governments imploring them to classify Flight Attendants as “those contributing to the maintenance of other essential services for the functioning of society” and “those whose living or working conditions put them at elevated risk of infection” under the government’s Preliminary guidance on key populations for early COVID-19 immunization.

With the exception of a few of replies outlining general provincial and territorial vaccination plans, these letters have largely gone unanswered.

My letters, and the few responses I have received, can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Today I wrote to Prime Minister Trudeau reminding him of the important contributions and sacrifices that Flight Attendants have made throughout this pandemic, and why it is so important for them to be protected with vaccines while they continue to go to work every day.

You can ready my full letter to Prime Minister Trudeau by clicking HERE.

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

IATA Offers Free Training to Former Cabin Crew Transitioning into Job Market

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is offering an online training course to help laid-off airline cabin crew members re-enter the job market. This course will be offered free of charge for those who register between February 9th and 23rd.  You can read the press release here.

Click the link below to register:
https://www.iata.org/en/training/courses/cabin-crew-skills/talh09/en/

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

Federal Government – Launch of Pre-Budget Consultation 2021 Survey

Finance Canada launched the pre-budget consultations. This process invites all Canadians to share their ideas and what matters most to them, to inform and guide Canada’s growth plan and feed into the measures and investments that will make up Budget 2021.  When COVID-19 is under control, the government has a plan to make smart, targeted investments that jumpstart the country’s economic recovery and begin to repair the damage done by the pandemic.

The government wants to hear the very best ideas on how to continue to support Canadians affected by the pandemic, create new jobs and build a greener, more competitive, more innovative, more inclusive, more resilient Canada.

The pre-budget consultation and questionnaire are available at the following link and will be open until February 19, 2021.
https://letstalkbudget2021.ca/pre_budget_consultations

There are questions specifically referencing supporting hardest hit sectors such as travel and tourism.  I would encourage you to fill this out and to send it to your friends and family.

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

CUPE Flight Attendants Demand Federal Action at House of Commons Transport Committee

The following press release was issued today:

CUPE Flight Attendants Demand Federal Action at House of Commons Transport Committee

OTTAWA, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Canada’s airline industry is approaching a “Mayday moment”. That was the message brought by representatives of CUPE’s flight attendants who appeared before the House of Commons Transport committee on Tuesday, as they demanded urgent federal action to support jobs in the sector.

“Since April, we’ve been hearing that financial aid for the industry is just around the corner to help protect tens of thousands of jobs,” said Wesley Lesosky, President of CUPE’s Airline Division and President of the Air Canada Component of CUPE. “And yet each time we think the government may act, we’re met with more delay and disappointment.”

COVID-19 has grounded most air travel in Canada, resulting in thousands of layoffs and grim prospects for the industry in the months ahead. Meanwhile, government programs like the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy have had mixed results, mostly failing workers at Canada’s largest airline, Air Canada.

CUPE has been calling for sectoral support focused on protecting jobs and pre-boarding rapid testing to make flying safer for cabin crew and the public.

“Sectoral support, coupled with a nationwide pre-board testing program is the only way to avoid the national disaster that would be the full or near full collapse of Canada’s airlines, and the associated economic devastation of the 633,000 jobs associated with the air transport sector,” said Chris Rauenbusch, President of CUPE Local 4070, representing cabin crew at WestJet, WestJet Encore and Swoop.

CUPE is Canada’s flight attendant union, representing over 15,000 airline workers at nine Canadian airlines.