** NEWS **

Totalview/ESS Updates

September 16, 2021

Today the Union met with the company regarding the many issues that we’re experiencing here at YTO including the following:

Shifts in Totalview and ESS are not updated simultaneously causing issue with shift premiums, requring manual fixes afterwards.

Delays in shifts being loaded into Totalview and ESS, resulting in stressful shift trading – Members are not able to request shifts in Totalview due unable to find names, which results in having to fill out a manual shift trade request.

Yet ESS has no issues.

With the increasing amounts of shift bids, recalls, new hires, vacations and other anomalies, this increases the amount of workload for RESOPS.

The Company has acknowledged these ongoing issues and has agreed to increase the administration staff to have these issues resolved.

This would lead YTO RES to possibly bid earlier than the other Call Centres to have more time to have schedules input into the two systems.

The union will continue to monitor the progress.

In Solidarity 


Recall Vacation Options

2021 Pro-Rated Vacation: Paid or Bid 

Bid months available – October and November

Please submit no later than September 16, 2021

at 23:59 ET. Failure to do so, will default in your

pro-rated entitlement to be paid out during the

vacation reconciliation period of Spring 2022.

The office will be closed today due to a leadership meeting.

2021 Vacation bid

September 13, 2021

Hello / Bonjour,

We will shortly begin the 2021 Vacation bid (pro-rated entitlement), which will allow you to bid on weeks beginning October 10, 2021 to November 28, 2021.

Important note: In order to bid on your pro-rated 2021 vacation entitlement, you must complete and submit on the form no later than September 16th, 2021 at 23:59 ET.

Failure to do so, will default in your pro-rated entitlement to be paid out during the vacation reconciliation period of Spring 2022.

To find out your pro-rated entitlement, you may refer to eHR Kiosk>Unifor – Vacation Calculator

If you have any questions, please reach out to your local Resource Deployment Manager.


SEPTEMBER 13, 2021
Air Canada Members: Pay and Vacation Issues Front and Centre
Many of our recently recalled members have experienced discrepancies in their pay. The union at the district and bargaining levels has engaged the company in its handling of such issues. We do not accept the explanation that delays in processing corrections were merely due to a large volume of recalls. The company must react with urgency when dealing with monetary issues that affect our members’ livelihood.

The bargaining committee identified a major area of confusion and asked the company at the recent Union-Management Headquarters Meeting to provide easily accessible information on ‘Adjusted Service Date’.

This information is essential in calculating pay progression, and for our members to ensure the calculation is accurate. The union will monitor this development and report to the membership when updates are available.

Although the company indicated that many pay issues have been addressed, and committed to full reviews of rates/steps of our members who returned from layoff up until August 19, we encourage our members to continue reporting errors to ECT with a copy to the union. Due to the private and confidential nature of these issues, they are to be handled on a case-by-case basis. We will make it a priority to have each case settled soon.

Our members recalled from layoff have received a questionnaire on vacation within 2021. After repeated demands from the union to the different levels to plan the vacation bidding as soon as possible, the company finally realized that this needed to be a priority.   

Many of you have asked if the company can prorate the vacation entitlement? As per the Collective Agreement Article 14.02.04 yes, they can. We encourage our members to exercise your options based on your preference.

Please note the regular vacation bid for 2022 will be conducted in November as usual.

Further information will be communicated as it becomes available. In the interim, please ensure that you have subscribed to e-news at www.unifor2002.org 

In solidarity,
Air Canada Bargaining Committee
Steve Murphy – Pacific Region
Joanne Goulet – Western Region
David Peng – Central Region
Benoit Lapointe – Eastern Region
Cheryl Robinson – Atlantic Region
Frances Galambosy – Unifor National Service Representative, Airline Sector
Leslie Dias – Unifor Director, Airlines Sector
Tammy Moore – President Unifor Local 2002


Election for the position of 1 Vice Chair at District 300.


Writs for Upcoming Elections

Vacation Updates

Monday September 13, 2021


Last week the company met with The Bargaining Committee regarding any outstanding issues. One of the hot topics that was discussed was Vacation for the recently Recalled Members.

Shortly after that meeting the Airport sent out an email regarding 2021 Pro-Rated Vacations for their members. The Bargaining Committee will further meet with the Company to discuss outstanding issues specific to Contact Centres.

However, I have been advised today by the YTO Resources Manager that they will be working on the vacation waitlist prior to presenting the2021 Pro-Rated Vacation similar to what the Airport has already offered. Hopefully this process will be short and we can finally move on.

Thanks for your patience during this messy recall process.

In Solidarity,


DC of District 300

To: Unifor Active Members, Retired Members, and Eligible Dependants


You may or may not have heard that Unifor and Aleafia Health Inc. have launched a leading-edge partnership to provide union members with access to medical cannabis through Aleafia’s Canabo Medial Clinics. Aleafia is a leading medical cannabis clinic in Canada that services patients throughout the country in both official languages.

Recently, workers at Aleafia’s Canabo Medical Corporation call centre in Newfoundland joined Unifor, making Canabo the first unionized medical cannabis clinic in Canada.

Whether you have medical cannabis coverage or not, active and retired Unifor members and their eligible dependants are entitled to the discounts and benefits with Canabo. With Canabo, you have the added benefit of a 20% discount on medical cannabis products when approved by a physician.

Unifor National Representatives have begun working with locals and employers across the country to seek medical cannabis coverage in benefit plans.

Unifor members, eligible dependants and retirees may book an appointment to speak with a physician at Canabo Medical Clinics by visiting cmclinic.ca/unifor or by calling 1-888-507-7710. All appointments are fully covered by your provincial health insurance.

When using the benefits and coverage available from our relationship with Aleafia and Canabo, it remains your responsibility to ensure that you are adhering to your own workplace and employer policies regarding cannabis use. Members are advised to consult their doctor and to refer to their employer’s drug and alcohol policy to ensure compliance prior to utilizing medical marijuana therapy.

In solidarity,

Jerry Dias

National President

Language training for fall

Earlier today Linguistic Services unveiled its language training schedule with language courses designed to acquire, improve and maintain language skills. Specialized workshops in basic, intermediate and advanced French are offered to cabin personnel and passenger agents. Some route language workshops are also offered to qualified cabin personnel to improve their impromptu announcements using the proper technical airline vocabulary. 

English and French courses (oral and written) are offered at our headquarters in Montréal, and our Language Training team will hold a virtual information session on Sept. 9 (11 a.m.- 2 p.m. ET) to give information on our courses.

You can also visit the team’s website on ACaeronet, under Branches > Linguistic Services > Language Training > Courses and Schedule. For information, send a message to linguisticserviceslinguistiques@aircanada.ca.

Final deadline for recording and documenting vaccination status is tomorrow

On August 25th we announced that all employees are required to be fully vaccinated by a government approved vaccine by October 31st and that for our operations to transition seamlessly by that date, we also require that all employees report their vaccination status via our vaccination status reporting tool no later than Sept. 8. Since then, thousands of you have uploaded your vaccination status via our reporting tool. Thank you to everyone who has provided their information so quickly.

If you have not already uploaded and documented your vaccination status, please ensure you do before tomorrow’s midnight deadline. Employees who fail to do so will automatically be recorded as unvaccinated and considered unavailable to fulfill their duties as of Oct. 31, 2021, unless they qualify for a substantiated medical, religious, or other exemption based on prohibited grounds of discrimination.

Employees on leave or layoff need to be vaccinated and have reported their status via our Vaccination Status Reporting Tool and have uploaded their proof of vaccination before returning to active duty.

An FAQ with more information and our vaccination status reporting tool are available via ACaeronet>All COVID-19 related news>Vaccination Hub.

SEPTEMBER  7, 2021  

Air Canada Members: Scope work is not for sale

Unifor is aware that Air Canada has reached out to recently retired members and offered them a temporary contract, instructing them to respond to queries at the airport help desk.  It is disappointing that the company has behaved in this manner. Rather than approaching the union first, the management decided to approach some retirees underhandedly, creating anxiety among current members.  Scope work will not be compromised or shared because of management’s lack of planning. Over the last few weeks, scope violations have been mounting as the company engages in panic management. The union has filed dozens of grievances in a matter of weeks.

On another note, thanks to all our members who have been vigilant about scope issues. When you use the airport help desk for one of the options covered by non-union staff, please be mindful that you must not let them perform actual transactions while following their instructions. You will handle these transactions on your end, such as disruption transfers, ending a file, etc.

Calls made to the help desk on ticketing, rates, and TIMATIC must be handled by members in our bargaining unit in Canada.  Please ask whom you are speaking to and report to the union if your calls on these matters are taken by employees in the US as they are represented by IBT (Teamster’s Union). They are not part of our bargaining unit; therefore, it still constitutes a scope violation.

Unifor has put Air Canada on notice to cease and desist this practice immediately and to stop the contracting out of our work. We will guard and maintain our scope of work with all avenues available to us. We will not back down.

In solidarity,
Air Canada Bargaining Committee
Steve Murphy – Pacific Region
Joanne Goulet – Western Region
David Peng – Central Region
Benoit Lapointe – Eastern Region
Cheryl Robinson – Atlantic Region
Frances Galambosy – Unifor National Service Representative, Airline Sector
Tammy Moore – President Unifor Local 2002    

SEPTEMBER 7, 2021  
Message from the President of Unifor 2002  

There is no denying that this past year has been particularly difficult as we continue to manoeuvre through the uncertainties of COVID-19. However, we need to remain optimistic that we will come through this pandemic soon. We can rejoice as the aviation sector recovers and our colleagues return to work from layoff. But this has also meant learning of government legislation that push employers to create their own vaccination policies which may impact you. The recent announcement of mandatory vaccination policies (or “mandates”) is unchartered territory for everyone involved; government, employers, unions and workers. The federal government is implementing mandatory vaccinations for federally regulated sectors including the workers and passengers in both the aviation and rail sectors. This means that many Unifor Local 2002 members will be affected and are now having to take part in some difficult discussions. Your Local 2002 leadership will be there to support members, regardless of their opinions on the issue of mandatory vaccinations (per the members’ respective employer). Unifor’s legal department has advised that the implementation of mandatory vaccination policies is not violating individuals’ human rights. Additionally, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is not relevant to this issue as the mandate pertains to private employer(s) policies; the Charter only applies to government action. Mandatory vaccination policies are being rolled out by employers as a safety issue for you, your fellow workers and customers. If the company you are employed with is implementing mandatory vaccinations with deadlines, members who do not comply with policy deadlines should expect repercussions from the employer. Your union will stand up for each member who cannot (or will not) comply with a mandatory vaccine policy, and the union will advocate for alternative solutions. Unfavourable legal opinion will not prevent us from fighting for each and every member. We have made it this far together. This mandate is very divisive and we need to continue to support each other and work together to get through the reminder of the pandemic. The only way that we can be successful is to listen to each other and be respectful, even when we have opposing views and opinions. We are in this together.   

In Solidarity, Tammy Moore
President, Unifor Local 2002       


RES Operations

Sun 9/5/2021 10:52 AM

Hello / Bonjour,

Please be advised that overtime is offered to all General Reservations employees in our North American Contact Centres:

 • Starting Tuesday September 7 until 23:59 EST, Sunday September 12th, 2021.

Kindly note that a minimum of (1) consecutive hour is required when overtime is attached to an existing shift.

Please submit your request through TotalView Webstation, using the ($$ Overtime) activity code from the drop-down menu.

Thank you for your dedication, as we work together in ensuring to provide a superior level of service our customers can expect from us.

In Memoriam

It with great sadness to announce the passing of our

beautiful friend and colleague Luz Stella Pedraza on

Wednesday September 1, 2021. 

For those who cannot attend the service on Sunday

September 5, 2021 please join online with the link





Recall Updates

AUGUST 26, 2021

Air Canada CSSA Members: Recalled Members and Pay Issues

Our recently recalled members have returned to very different workplaces, as a result of the pandemic, but are grateful to have been recalled and are eager to support our customers with their travel plans.

That said, we have heard from members that the rate of pay they are returning to may not be correct. The normal process is to contact the Employee Care Team for the rate of pay to be corrected if need be. However, the answers some members have received seemed incomplete or incorrect and left them with even more questions. Though the layoffs that occurred over the past months are complicating the wage increase calculations, all members need to be paid the correctly as stipulated in our collective agreement.

The Unifor Bargaining Committee has called for a meeting with Air Canada this week in order to make sure our members get all of the information they are entitled to and that any potential mistakes be corrected in a timely manner.

At this moment, we are still waiting for final answers from the company on this issue. We will communicate with you again with updates as we receive them. 

In Solidarity,

Air Canada Bargaining Committee

Steve Murphy – Pacific Region

Joanne Goulet – Western Region

David Peng – Central Region

Benoit Lapointe – Eastern Region

Cheryl Robinson – Atlantic Region

Frances Galambosy – Unifor National Service Representative, Airline Sector

Tammy Moore – President Unifor Local 2002

Covid Vaccinations

For those members who are booked to receive the

Covid 19 vaccinations: you can now take a Family

Responsibility Day (FR).

Requests for FR Days can be sent to Cathy at:


Substantiation will be required upon request by the


Congratulations to Ada Zampini appointed to Air Canada Grievance Coordinator

Ada Zampini appointed to Air Canada Grievance Coordinator

August 20, 2021 at 5:00 PM

The Executive Board of Unifor Local 2002 is pleased to announce that Ada Zampini, Unifor Local 2002 Vice-President-Eastern region, has been appointed to the position of Air Canada Grievance Coordinator for Local 2002, as of August 1st, 2021. She will be replacing Lucy Alessio who has accepted a position with the Unifor National Organizing Department.

Ada will be responsible for the coordination, tracking, and monitoring of grievances and will support our district officers and bargaining committee members in the preparation of case arguments.

Ada brings to her new role knowledge of collective agreement issues and the grievance process. She has been a union activist for most of her working career serving on the Aboriginal Workers of Colour (AWOC), Political Action, and Women’s committees. Ada is currently in her second mandate as the Local 2002 Vice President of the Eastern region.

We welcome Ada to this position and know that he will be an excellent resource providing a strong support system for our district chairs and elected bargaining committee representatives.

Please note: access to the Local 2002 grievance database remains the same, (Unifor 2002: Log into Database – unifor2002db.org) as well as the contact email for reaching the Grievance Coordinator.

Ada Zampini
Grievance Coordinator
Cell:(514) 701-6227

Today the company has advised that on Friday we will be receiving some long awaited communication on the Vacation ebid for our Recently recalled members. 

Also today members have received a pay progression scale from the Employee Care Team. We are waiting for the Bargaining Committee to provide an update regarding this matter. 

We understand the frustration with the ongoing HR issues and appreciate your patience as we try to have these issues resolved as soon possible. 

In Solidarity,


COVID-19 testing services now available for airport workers at reduced rates

The GTAA and Switch Health are offering reduced pricing for PCR and Antigen tests at the Switch Health Clinic located in the Value Park Garage. For a limited time, reduced pricing is also available to members of airport workers’ households. 

Full details at torontopearson.com/healthyemployees 

Cards and Collections for the Commisso Family can be found in the Union Office.

Telework Program

Good Morning everyone,

The company has sent out an email on August 11, to open up the Telework Program (WFH) for all interested Applicants. However, The union would like to remind everyone that we did not agree to have KPI’s used as a determining factor for telework.  We have filed for a judicial review of the arbitrator’s decision. 

We are awaiting the outcome. We do not agree with the company’s requirement and therefore need to make it known.

In Solidarity,



Tonight we have been advised by they company that YYZ will be depleting the 

recall list and will be terminating The mitigation Programs such as The Working Part Time Program and The Reduced Work Week Program. 

The program is scheduled to terminated as of September 11 ,2021 and you will be scheduled to work on your regular bid schedule on September 12, 2021. 

If you decide to return to your regular work schedule prior to September 11, 2021, please reach out to your Resource Deployment Manager at res.operations-yyz@aircanada.ca.

The company will be contacting affected members next week. 


Greetings everyone,

For those of you who don’t know me, let me introduce myself. My name is Satya Singh and I have been elected as your new District Chair Representative here at District 300. As you all know Lia De Palma retired after serving 35 years with Air Canada. 20 of those years was spent serving us all as the District Chair of District 300. It was a pleasure working beside Lia for the past month as she mentored me for today. 

As for myself I started working for Air Canada back in 2000 where I was a ticketing, and cash office agent. Around 2006 I was involuntary relocated to CJM where I was able to obtain Leads Qualifications and worked as a relief lead as needed. When I returned back at the airport I brought with me my new skills and continued as a ticketing agent and relief lead as needed. In the past I was on the Elections Committee at CJM for 2 years before returning back to Toronto Airport where I was voted in as a Vice Chair Union Representative. 

Within the last 20 years my journey has brought me to the Toronto Call Centre where I was voted in as a Vice Chair Union Representative. My journey takes detour as I bumped to Montreal Reservation for a few months. Giving me the opportunity to experience the whole Air Canada network and meeting more of our Air Canada family members. 

Today I bring with me all of the skills and knowledge I have possessed working in many departments and every job position within my scope. I have also co created with our Colleague Sheila Sarne www.aerocaf.com A website we put together for our fellow colleagues to easily obtain information pertaining to our unique workplace. 

I hope you have the opportunity to see my work though the website and I’m proud to be representing you as your new District Chair. I’ve got some big shoes to fill, and with your help we will succeed. 

Please check our local website at www.uniford300.org for updates. 

Your Vice Chair Representatives:

  • Carmen Zuloaga
  • Sandra Neary
  • Andrianna Panagopoulos
  • Karen Johnson
  • Rana Younes

Your Health and Safety Representatives:

  • Lucy Daher 
  • Mary Massi 


Your Women’s Advocate

  • Yolanda Cornwall

Phone: 647-613-0277

Email: yolanda@unifor2002.org

Are all here to support you as well. 

In Solidarity 

Satya Singh


Congratulation to Frances Galambosy and David Peng

July 8, 2021 at 5:15 PM
Unifor National has announced that Frances Galambosy has been appointed as National Service Representative, Airline Sector effective July 18, 2021. Frances has held many union positions over the years, but most recently she has been the Air Canada Bargaining Committee Chairperson for the last 10 years.  In her new role, she will assume the responsibility of serving the bargaining units within our local, including the Air Canada membership.

This committee will be up for election in February 2022 and in accordance with the Unifor bylaws, David Peng has been appointed as the replacement for Frances for the remainder of the term. David is currently in his 3rd term and 7th year as District Chair of D304. He has been on the AWOC Committee and Political Action Committee.

He is result-oriented and employs principled approaches in his union work. Working closely with the Bargaining Committee, David has won multiple grievances and arbitrations, notably on the union scope. At the same time, David is known to be a team player and consensus builder. Protecting the interests and benefits of the membership has always been David’s passion and focus. 

We wish Frances and David all the best in their new positions.

In Solidarity,
Don Ross
Interim President – Unifor Local 2002

Canada Day and Reconciliation

Dear Sisters, Brothers and Friends,

This has been a National Indigenous History Month like no other. The June 24 announcement of the confirmation of the remains of 751 children at the former residential school site on Cowessess territory in Saskatchewan has further amplified the calls for searches at other sites across the country.

Unifor locals are asking what they can do to support grieving members and nearby Indigenous communities.

While there are no easy answers to undoing cultural genocide and intergenerational pain and trauma it causes to this day, Unifor is part of the movement for truth, justice, and reconciliation. Keeping this on the national political agenda is a top priority.

We’re asking Unifor members to translate anger into action:

  1. Wear orange on Canada Day. Started by residential school survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad in 2013, orange shirts have become a symbol to honour survivors of residential schools.
  2. Share these 24/7 helplines:
    a. National Indian Residential School Crisis Line:
    b. Missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Support Line:
    c. Hope for Wellness Help Line and Chat:
  3. Unifor supports the 94 recommendations issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. They are an urgent call to action for government and organizations to take meaningful action on a many outstanding issues, ranging from protecting language and culture to education to ensuring justice for the victims of residential school violence. Contact your Member of Parliament and demand they be a vocal supporter of the 94 Calls to Action within their caucus and to government.
  4. Unifor’s Education Department has a relationship with San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training. This training fosters a climate that recognizes and respects the unique history of Indigenous peoples to provide appropriate care and services in an equitable and safe way, without discrimination. To find out how your local can participate, please contact education@unifor.org
  5. Donate to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.
  6. Encourage support for local and regional organizations, programs or initiatives to engage in active reconciliation with Indigenous people.

With all your efforts, please amplify Indigenous voices in your community.

Whichever action you take, please share your work with the National Office and on social media so others can follow our example to do their part in reconciliation.

In solidarity,

Jerry Dias

Congratulations Yolanda Cornwall Appointed for Women’s

Advocates Members of Air Canada Bargaining Central Region

Simplified Recall Process for members at Air Canada

June 29, 2021 at 11:00 AM

Air Canada has secured new software that will streamline the recall process for members returning to work. Beginning today, the employer is rolling out new software which is similar to their existing Vacation Purchase Program (VPP) process. There is no change to the fundamentals of the recall process.

Once you receive your notice of potential recall, the employer will advise you by telephone to expect an email via your Air Canada email address. You must respond within 72 hours of receipt of the employer’s email message.

The automation removes the need to print, sign and scan back the forms. Simply make your selection(s) and the system will record it and auto generate your response to the appropriate department. Once completed, you will receive an acknowledgement that your transaction has been received. If you do not receive the “completed notice” or are having difficulties, please contact your Bargaining Representative immediately. Phone numbers and emails are listed below.

In Solidarity,

Your Air Canada Bargaining Committee

Steve Murphy
Tel: (778) 773 0086

Joanne Goulet
Tel: (403) 461-2460

Frances Galambosy – Chairperson
Tel: (416) 770-5128

Benoit Lapointe
Tel: (514) 575-7479

Tammy Moore
Tel: (506) 333-1858

Hi All

I need your help. Pls email,tweet or Call the Senators and make sure that they keep Bill c12 on the table till it is passed. Our future depends on a Healthy Climate not only in Canada but for the world.

Merci  / Thank You

Ada Zampini

Vice-president Eastern Region

Liaison to the Environment committee

Thank you to all that were able to participate.

Thank you for the efforts last week by emailing, tweeting and calling the Mps and Senators on the issue of Bill 12 the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability.   The Senate passed emissions-target bill before the summer break . With determination and perseverance, we can be the force of change.

Bill C 12 is not perfect, however,  the actions that we have taken , has ensured that Canada has Climate accountability law. In the future we will hold the government accountable to the promises that they have made.

Thanks Again for Your pressure, we were able to obtain critical amendments to the bill. The 2026 emission objective is stronger. There will be progress reports. Also an independent advisory panel and  recommendation by  climate scientist.

Tell your Member of Parliament implement all of the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final Report

PLS Email your Mp … Link Attached

Changes At The Local
JUNE 18, 2021
To all Unifor 2002 Members: Personnel changes

In mid-April, Air Canada began the process to implement Early Retirement Incentive Packages (ERIP) in order to mitigate layoffs as stipulated in the Group Termination provisions of the Canadian Labour Code. Although this is an Air Canada initiative, the result has had an impact on several Unifor 2002 elected and appointed positions.
LOCAL PRESIDENT There is a vacancy in the office of the President that will be filled in accordance with the bylaws by posting nominations for the position on July 5, 2021.
See our election page for details.   

ASSISTANT TO THE LOCAL PRESIDENT Ashley Watkins will be retiring on July 31, 2021. The position has been posted and is currently in the interview process.   

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANT PROGRAM (EAP) COORDINATOR Charlotte Pape (Vice President, Central Region) has been appointed to take over the EAP Coordinator position which was left vacant on June 1, 2021.   

MOBILIZATION COORDINATOR Sean Smith will be retiring on July 31, 2021. This position is appointed by the Unifor National President and Lucy Alessio has been selected to take over the position when Sean retires.   

AIR CANADA DISTRICT ELECTIONS More than 350 Unifor Local 2002 members were approved to retire via Early Retirement Incentive Packages. This has triggered vacancies in workplace representative positions that are currently in the process of being filled by the elections process.
See our election page for details.  

  AIR CANADA WOMEN’S ADVOCATES Vacancies for Central, Eastern, and Atlantic Women’s Advocates for Air Canada will be posted shortly.    For more information, please contact:
Don Ross – Interim President of Unifor Local 2002   

Remembering our Colleague James Hamersfeld

It is with deep sadness to have learned of his sudden passing.
Condolences to his family and friends.
He will be sadly missed and well remembered.

Introducing new statutory holiday – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Introducing new statutory holiday – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Federally regulated employers, such as Air Canada, will be adding a new statutory holiday to their calendar year, increasing the number to 10 holidays from 9 for Canada-based employees, following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement on June 3. 

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was created to commemorate the 150,000 Indigenous children who were ripped from their families and forced to attend church-run residential schools, where many suffered physical and sexual abuse, and malnutrition and neglect, and to honour the survivors and their families and communities. The bill was given royal assent last week after Parliament was called to fast-track the bill.

The holiday will be observed on Sept. 30. This date was selected because of its link to Orange Shirt Day, which is held on Sept. 30 as well. Orange Shirt Day marks the time of year when Indigenous children were removed from their homes and taken to residential schools. It is based on the story of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, a former residential school student who had her orange shirt taken away from her when she was six years old on her first day at a residential school.

A revised 2021 Statutory Holiday policy is available on the HR Connex portal under Policies & Forms > Forms and Reference Documents > HR Policies & Programs > HR Policies – Statutory Holiday – Canada.

June is Indigenous History Month


The month of June is National Indigenous History Month! This is a month typically filled with events that all Canadians are invited to celebrate. It is a time to honour and appreciate the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples in Canada. Members are invited to share and learn throughout June with these online opportunities while acknowledging that action on Truth and Reconciliation is needed every day of the year:

Boat launch in Drag the Red campaign

Unifor is a key supporter and sponsor of the Winnipeg community-driven campaign to drag the Red River in Manitoba for the bodies of missing women.

When the community organizers were in need of a new vessel to continue their work, Unifor made a generous donation from Unifor’s Canadian Community Fund to supply a new purpose-built aluminum boat.

With the launch* of the new boat, volunteers can proceed with the sixth season on the waters of the Red River in hopes of finding closure for devastated families. Unifor vows to continue to work with the co-founder of the Coalition of Families of Missing and Murdered Women in Manitoba and the Drag the Red Initiative, NDP MLA Bernadette Smith.

*pandemic restrictions pending

National Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Unifor is proud to celebrate First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples’ diverse and enduring culture, history and achievements. Members are encouraged to take action this day by calling on the federal government to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Turtle Island Webinar Series

Gina Smoke, Unifor Indigenous Liaison will moderate this June webinar series with Indigenous leaders and scholars. Join the discussion and learn how you can engage in ReconciliACTION!

For more information and registration: https://onlineeducation.unifor.org/honouring_treaty_rights

  1. June 1 Honouring Treaty Rights – A conversation with Niigaan Sinclair, Columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press, Professor at University of Manitoba Aboriginal Languages Strategy.
  2. June 8 MMIWG2S – A conversation with Manitoba NDP MLAs Nahanni Fontaine and Bernadette Smith, the co-founders of the Coalition of Families of Missing and Murdered Women in Manitoba.
  3. June 15 Indigenous Rights and Title – A conversation with Pam Palmater, Mi’kmaq lawyer, Professor at Ryerson University and Activist.
  4. June 22 Exploring the Importance of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) – A conversation with Brenda L. Gunn, Indigenous Scholar and Professor at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law.

Unifor has several webinar lined up … Sign up if interested

Women Surviving the Pandemic – A One Year Check In | Les femmes survivant à la pandémie – Bilan d’un an

Fixing Ontario’s Broken LTC System

What does solidarity with Palestinians look like for Unifor members?


Turtle island

Turtle Island Webinar Series Honouring Treaty Rights


Unifor marks the 2021 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) with solidarity for people of all sexual and gender minorities.
International Day Agains Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

 May 17, 2021

Unifor marks the 2021 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) with solidarity for people of all sexual and gender minorities.

Unifor remains resolved to continue the fight against homophobia and transphobia through social change and the fight for human rights for all.

As we resurface from the pandemic and begin to build a better world, we must do away with the inequalities and oppression that lead to discrimination.

Unifor calls upon governments of all levels to recognise LGBTQ workers in recovery efforts and for the federal government to finally pass legislation to adopt a ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’.

Conversation therapy is a dangerous, unfounded practice that often involves minors’ abuse and leads to lifetime trauma. The basic assumption that a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or expression is something to be altered or corrected, threatens LGBTQ workers’ dignity and well being. This runs against the union’s position on supporting the rights of all workers.

Unifor is opposed to conversion therapy in all forms and supports efforts to put a stop to the practice through municipal, provincial, and federal bans.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia and Pride will look different this year. Many local unions are organizing online events to unite community after an isolating year.

Email pride@unifor.org with information about Local Union events, to have your events added to a Pride 2021 Calendar.

This year for IDAHOT, Unifor encourages local unions, committees and members to create original digital posts, memes, and videos to counter homophobia and transphobia and to share positive stories from queer and trans members.

Post these stories online to share with your members, and use the hashtag #UniforPride.

Download the shareable.

Download the poster.

Read this statement online

Sign Anti-Scab petition now!
Dear members, locals, staff and all leadership, Please take two minutes right now and help us make history in Canada’s labour movement. Sign Unifor’s petition demanding anti-scab legislation at this link. Yesterday our union launched our Anti-Scab Law Now campaign at Prairie Regional Council, and released a research paper called Fairness on the line: The case for anti-scab legislation in Canada. This study includes internal data and analysis we’ve never publicly released before, detailing the cold hard facts on the negative impact scabs have on resolving labour disputes. Simply put, the use of scabs undermines worker’s collective power, unnecessarily prolongs labour disputes, and removes the economic pressure that the withdrawal of labour is supposed to give workers to help end a dispute. Many of you know first-hand the kind of damage scabs cause in our fight to create good, stable and safe jobs for workers in Canada. It’s no surprise that the three longest labour disputes in Unifor’s history involved the use of scabs, and a review of all Unifor labour disputes shows those involving scabs lasted on average six times longer than those without scabs. Every federal and provincial legislator received a letter from Unifor yesterday sharing this new report and our list of recommendations for this legislation that is long overdue. Watch the new video as members speak out about the damage and pain scabs bring to the workplace. A federal anti-scab law will mean more power for workers, and shorter strikes and lockouts. Add your name to the petition right now. In solidarity,

Jerry Dias
National President ***


Extensions on certain employee travel passes for ERIP offers, active and retired employees

Extensions on certain employee travel passes for ERIP offers, active and retired employees

As travel restrictions around the world continue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Employee Travel is adjusting the expiry dates for pass products with Dec. 31, 2022 expiry dates to Dec. 31, 2023. This applies to all active employees as well as:

  • ERIP offers and Retirees
    Retirees with C1 passes can use them beyond the two-year permitted duration to Dec. 31, 2023. Further, depending on the retirement program, the extension may include Holiday, Thank You, Unique, Appreciation and/or Mitigation passes. Please note this also applies to all Early Retirement Incentive Program (ERIP) offers.
  • Laid-off employees
    For employees who were laid off and were awarded travel privileges for 365 days, travel allowability is extended to Dec. 31, 2023. Some exclusions may apply.

Reunion pass
For all employees that hold Reunion passes, we are extending the date to Dec. 31, 2023.

Home Screening Program

April 30, 2021

Home Screening Program

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that we are expanding the Employee Rapid Screening Program to now include the option of home screening. Home screening is a fast, convenient, and highly effective way of detecting potential asymptomatic carriers and therefore reduce the risk of transmission in the workplace. Home screening also means we can deploy this program to as many employees as possible, in as many provinces where rapid screening is available. We first deployed employee on-site rapid screening in several work locations in Ontario and Quebec and home screening is the next phase of that program. One of the primary advantages is that we can detect potential asymptomatic carriers before they enter the workplace.

In this first phase of deployment, we will be issuing screening kits to those who must report to work.  We plan to deploy to those who can work from home in a later phase.

If you are already registered for the Employee Rapid Screening Program, you will soon have the option to select “home screening” on the app.  You are also welcome to continue screening on-site if that is your preference.

If you are not yet registered for the program and wish to participate in home screening, or on-site screening, you can click here to enroll.

For Home Screening, you will need to order screening kits to bring home with you. Full instructions on how to order kits, self-administer the screens and input the results on the Employee Screening app are available on the Employee Screening Program Site on ACaeronet. You’ll also need either a smartphone or a laptop/tablet with an internet connection at home to participate.

Screening kit pickup locations:

Montreal Contact Centre

Launch date: Monday, May 3

Location: Wellness Assessment Checkpoint in Building 7, Second floor

Hours : 24/7

Toronto Contact Centre

Launch date: Monday, May 3

Location: Contact Centre Conference Room

Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 7:30 pm

Also, please note that either on-site or at home, the self-administered screen is a non-invasive procedure that requires a simple nasal swab.

Please see that attached FAQ for complete details on the program or visit the Employee Screening Program Site on ACaeronet. Should you have any questions or concerns not addressed in the FAQ or on the site, please contact rapidcovid19rapide@aircanada.ca


The Employee Screening Program Team

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