Updated Maternity Handbook

The Component Women’s Committee is pleased to announce that we have updated our Maternity Handbook. We hope that this provides updated information about the who, what, when, where, and how for prospective parents.

Click HERE for the English version of the Maternity Handbook

Click HERE for the French version of the Maternity Handbook

You can also find the Maternity Handbook on the Component website at www.accomponent.ca under the Resources tab.

We understand that this can be a challenging and exciting time and hope this updated handbook makes your journey easier. If you have any questions and need guidance through this process, we are here for you. You can reach out to us at womens@accomponent.ca.

National Women’s Conference

A National Women’s conference, hosted by CUPE National, will take place March 12-15, 2023, in Vancouver.

This event brings together members from across Canada to advocate for women’s rights and gender equality in the union and in the workplace. This is an amazing chance to interact with other CUPE leaders and activists, learn from each other and even share our own ideas.

We will provide more details pertaining this conference closer to the date.

In Solidarity,

Cassandra Shum
Chair, Component Women’s Committee

Support for Iranian Women

These past few months have given rise to a very profound issue which is impacting women in Iran and around the world. There have been numerous protests which were triggered in mid-September by the death of a young Iranian Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini who was in the custody of the “morality police” for allegedly violating Iran’s strict rules requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf. The first protests took place after Mahsa Amini’s death. Women have been seen removing their headscarves in solidarity.

This protest and demonstrations are unprecedented and represent the most organized and long lasting that the country has seen. The most remarkable thing about them is that women and girls have taken a leading role. They do this despite incredible risk and endangerment to themselves and their families.

Each step that women take forward is a step forward for all women. The protests are now expanding. School girls have taken up the cause. There is no end it sight. Violence towards these protestors continues.

We write this bulletin to you today to ask that you show your support in small and in large ways. Educate your daughters, sisters, aunts, and mothers about what is going on. This is an historic moment in history. We honour and respect a woman’s right to choose for herself.  Let us not forget the sacrifices that many women continue to make around the world to have respect and to be treated as equals.  Get involved. Attend a protest near you.


In Solidarity,

Cassandra Shum
Chair, Component Women’s Committee

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 womens@accomponent.ca.

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 womens@accomponent.ca.

In solidarity,