Return to Work Process

As the pandemic continues, there have been updates regarding the process required for a return to work. This has impacted our members returning from long term leaves such as maternity leaves, etc. Many of you have reached out to us We have heard from many of you and know you have questions and issues with this process. It can be as simple as a question regarding who your manager is or the process for renewing your RAIC.

We are currently working closely with the Company to compile an all-inclusive return to work package that will help members have a smooth transition returning from a long-term absence such as family care, parental leave, maternity leave etc. Some of the key aspects within this package includes the updated network of managers to contact, optional workshop for in-person briefing, and a detailed from-here-to-there booklet. We will update you when we receive more information from the Company. In the meantime should you have any concerns or inquiries please send them to

In Solidarity,

Cassandra Shum
Chair, Component Womens Committee

Component Women’s Committee

We would like to welcome and introduce to you the new Chair of the Component Women’s Committee – Cassandra Shum.  Cassandra has been flying with Air Canada for 10 years and is a first time mother to a handsome toddler son. After becoming a mother, she felt lost and anxious to return to work. Mostly, she felt hesitant to separate from her son, leaving him in the hands of another caregiver. However, as a woman in this modern society, she strongly believes that we can be successful in our career while at the same time be a strong mother.  We just have to find that fine balance between it all. Cassandra is delighted to take on the Chair position of the Women’s Committee and hopes to help all those in need of assistance, while sharing her knowledge and experience.

The mandate of the Component Women’s Committee is to work to increase the participation of women in the Union at all levels and to educate them in all aspects of Union activity. This Committee also assists the Component and the Locals in developing strategies to attract and encourage women to take on leadership roles and develops recommendations for the Component and the Locals to promote women’s issues.

All levels of union leadership must actively promote representative participation in the Union as a means of ensuring that factors impacting on women’s place in the workforce are on the union agenda and find their way to the bargaining table, the legislative lobby and political action activities of the Labour movement.  Issues such as childcare, pay equity, employment equity, harassment and family care leave once were not considered conventional workplace concerns, but have been pushed to the fore front by supportive members and leaders.

We know that Cassandra will be a great addition to the Women’s Committee and look forward to the knowledge and support she will bring to the role.  She can be contacted at

In solidarity,

International Women’s Day 2020

March 8 is International Women’s Day — a day to recognize women’s achievements and acknowledge the challenges we continue to face in the quest for gender equality.

This year, let us be #EachforEqual, because an equal world is an enabled world. We invite you to help promote gender equality through your thoughts, words and actions.

Our history, as a profession, has come a long way in understanding and valuing women. Globally flight attendants – previously called air hostesses – were once seen as sex symbols. Their bodies used as advertising for airlines, selling their image as a promise of a good time on-board. While we have come away from this barbaric practice, we are still not a fully harassment free profession. CUPE is committed to addressing and preventing sexual violence at work and recognizes that everyone has a right to work in a safe environment. Did you know that 43% of women still experience some form of sexual harassment at work? That is unacceptable. Let us challenge ourselves now to question stereotypes, to fight the bias that our profession carries and to really treat each other with respect and dignity.

Collectively we have made many strives to ensure that as flight attendants we have equality in pay, job security and job progression opportunities and it is vital now to ensure equality in other areas for women and those who identify as women.

Beyoncé once said, “We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet.” But I promise you that together we CAN make it a reality.

Remember that the rise of women is not about the fall of men. Let us be a generation that expects gender balance and fights to achieve it. Let us be #EachforEqual.

Happy International Women’s Day from your Air Canada Component of CUPE.

In Solidarity,

Rebeca Woodward
Chair, Component Womens Committee

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