REMINDER & UPDATE – Aviation workers take to streets of Toronto and Montreal to demand support

Today CUPE National issued the following Press Release regarding the upcoming rallies on Friday in Toronto and Montreal:
CUPE Flight Attendants Will Take to the Streets in Montreal and Toronto to Demand Support for Jobs, Industry

Flight attendants will join forces with other airline workers this Friday in Toronto and Montreal to send a unified message to the federal government: it’s time to support workers in the airline industry whose livelihoods have been shattered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of Canada’s flight attendant union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), will stand together in solidarity with members of Unifor and other unions representing workers in the airline sector to distribute leaflets and demand support from the federal government.

“We need action from the federal government yesterday,” says Wesley Lesosky, President of CUPE’s Airline Division. “Every day that passes means more jobs lost and more lives and livelihoods hanging in the balance.”

CUPE, which represents 15,000 flight attendants at nine airlines across Canada, has called on the federal government to implement pre-boarding COVID-19 rapid tests at airports to make flying safer. CUPE also says any direct government support to airlines should come with a public stake in the companies.

When:
Friday, October 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. ET

Where:
TORONTO: Pearson International Airport Terminal 1
– Employees who are working are able to parking in the terminal parking garage as per normal.
– For those who are currently laid off or are on a leave, the GTAA has made the following arrangements to provide complimentary parking – Rally members and supporters will enter the T1 parking facility on Level 4 and obtain a parking voucher from the parking kiosk. Complimentary facility parking will be valid only between 0900 and 1201 hours.  Vehicles must park on Level 4 at the South end of the facility. This voucher initially obtained will be required when leaving the facility. The participants will enter the Terminal facility via the South Bridge and proceed as directed.

MONTREAL: Minister of Transport Marc Garneau Constituency Office, 4060 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Westmount QC
– Montreal based members, as per COVID-19 “red zone” regulations you must maintain physical distancing and wear a mask at all times while at the protest. There are high fines for non-compliance.

In solidarity,