** NEWS **

Message from the District Chairperson, Lia ( schedule)

Our current schedule has been extended until June 12, 2021.

New dates for Summer Schedule:

Bid Dates: June 01, 2021

Start Date: June 13, 2021

End Date: August 28, 2021 (*subject to change)

Thank you Lia


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

Regards,

The Employee Screening Program Team


Air Canada CSSAs: Update: Early Retirement Incentive Programs *** UPDATED *** E-TOOL AVAILABLE

E TOOL

May 3, 2021  
Early Retirement Incentive Program – eTool    
On April 15, 2021, Air Canada announced that it was offering an Early Retirement Incentive Program (“ERIP”) to eligible employees to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company.  
An eTool is now available in eHR Kiosk for you to see your estimated pension benefits under the ERIP. If you are interested in this program and would like more information, please click on the urls below:  
From inside the Air Canada network: Click here  
From outside the Air Canada network: Click here    
Please contact HR Connex Pension (Alight) should you have any questions or concerns related to your estimated pension benefits. They can be reached at 1-833-847-3675, and after you have selected your preferred language and the type of employee you are (i.e. active or on layoff), press 3 for “Pension Plans”, and then 1 for “Alight.”  
As a reminder, should you decide to apply for the program, you must do so through the eTool, no later than May 14, 2021 (23:59 EST).   Thank you.



2009 Air Canada Share Trust Agreement

All communications can be found in the Pension section


*2021 Scholarship Application period is OPEN!*

2021 Scholarship Application

Unifor recognizes that the costs associated with post-secondary education is a challenge for many working-class families.  To assist in making education more accessible, we have established 28 scholarships of $2,000.00 each.  Five of these scholarships are administered by the Quebec Council with a separate application form (see www.uniforquebec.org).  Residents of Quebec must apply using that application process.

The scholarships are awarded to children of Unifor members in good standing.  Students must be entering their first year of full-time post-secondary education (university, community college, technological institute, trade school, etc.) in a public Canadian institution.  One of these scholarships will also be available to a Unifor member with at least one year seniority.  These are entrance Scholarships only and are not renewable for students entering subsequent years of study.

Scholarship applications are evaluated by a selection committee composed of Unifor National Education Department staff and Local Union Discussion Leaders. The selection committee reviews hundreds of applications annually and considers many factors when evaluating applications including academic achievement, responses to essay questions, and a demonstrated commitment to social justice through extracurricular activities and volunteerism. In addition, the selection committee ensures that scholarship awards are distributed to best reflect the regional, sectoral, and membership diversity of Unifor.

2021 Scholarship Application Important Dates

March 22: Online scholarship application period opens

June 7: Application period closed

After July 6: Scholarship recipients notified

Using the Online Application

Your application must be submitted using the online application form NO LATER THAN MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2021.

All applicants will be notified by email after July 6 of the status of their application.

Click on the appropriate link below to complete your online application.  Please ensure that you have READ THE INSTRUCTIONS✎ EditSign carefully, and have the following documents ready on your device for upload with your application.

  1. Current high school transcript (children of Unifor members only)
  2. Reference letter
  3. Local Union Officer signature form✎ EditSign
  4. Essay Answers

PLEASE NOTE:  Any partially completed applications, or applications missing any of the required documents, will result in an error message and cannot be submitted.  Please ensure you have all documents available before submitting.

CLICK HERE to apply as the child of a Unifor member.

CLICK HERE to apply as a Unifor Member.

Questions?   Email scholarships@unifor.org


AIR CANADA COVID-19 VACCINATION


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Online ceremony to remember workers killed on the job

Unifor will be marking the Day of Mourning for workers killed on the job with an online ceremony to remember workers who have died in the past year.

Last year’s Day of Mourning, April 28, came just as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning, and few of us could imagine that we would still be in its grips a year later.

According to the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada, 925 workers died on the job or were killed by occupational disease in 2019, the last year for which statistics are available, and there were 271,806 lost time claims.

At Unifor over the past year, 17 members have died on the job, including five with COVID-19. Four members of FFAW-Unifor were killed in just one day.

“This has been an extremely difficult year, one we hope to never see repeated. It is important that we come together to remember, and to commit to prevent any more such needless deaths,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said.

Join with other Unifor staff and activists for the online commemoration on April 28:

  • When: April 28, 7pm ET
  • Where: Click here to register.
  • Who: Speakers will include Unifor National President Jerry Dias, Unifor Secretary-Treasurer Lana Payne, Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle, Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi, Atlantic Regional Director Linda MacNeil, Assistant to the National President Joie Warnock, Director Health, Safety and Environment Sari Sairanen.
  • What: There will be a moment of silence for the lost members, including a video tribute to lost members, and a call to action.

Please mark this time and date in your calendars and register to attend in advance on Zoom.

In solidarity,

Jerry Dias
National President



Message from The District Chair
( GREAT NEWS )
****** UPDATE ****

Great News for the Membership:

Today we were notified that vacancies have been officially declared. 

The transfer list and recalls has been activated.

The Company is in the process of calling members.

Numbers are yet to be finalized and will be communicated shortly.

This process will take some time and we ask for your patience.

If you have any questions in the meantime but do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards Lia

District Chair – D300

Recall numbers
50 Full Time YYZ BASE
110 PART TIME BASE

Seniority for FT Base – 24 July/2000
PT YYZ BASE – Nov 14/2005



Webinar SIGN_UP
Women Surviving the Pandemic – A One Year Check In 09 June 2020 at 19:00

Open to all Unifor members.

Over the past year, we’ve seen how the pandemic has impacted groups differently. In this webinar, Unifor women are invited to explore how women have survived and what we can do to lift each other up. We will engage the political and the personal in this session that will reveal some new ideas, confirm some old understandings and help build solidarity towards next steps in gender equality.

This workshop will be hosted online through Zoom, participants will be emailed information on how to join. You must RSVP.

***

https://onlineeducation.unifor.org/women_surviving_the_pandemic


Air Canada CSSAs: Update: Early Retirement Incentive Programs

April 15, 2021 at 12:48 PM
As communicated on March 5th, your Air Canada Bargaining Committee has been meeting regularly with the senior leadership of Air Canada to facilitate the joint planning committee process as stipulated in the Group Termination provisions of the Canadian Labour Code.

Since March 9th, 2021, Unifor, along with the other union groups: CUPE, IAM, CALDA, and ACPA have met regularly with Air Canada to discuss the potential plans and processes to mitigate layoffs. 

Unifor and Air Canada have agreed on two retirement incentives:

#1.Added Pension Benefit up to age 65: Members who as of August 1st, 2021 at the latest, are eligible to receive an unreduced pension (members who are at least age 55 and have 85 points) who apply for a temporary pension benefit before May 14th, 2021, and who retire between June 1st and August 1st, 2021 will receive an annual pension benefit of $400 per year of qualifying service accumulated in the pension plan in addition to the pension benefit they are otherwise entitled to receive, to a cap of a maximum of $14000 until age 65.

For Example: A member that is age 55 with 30 years of qualifying service will be entitled to 30 x $400.00 = $12,000 per year in addition to their monthly pension until they reach age 65.

#2. Unreduced Pension from 55/85: Members who as of August 1st, 2021, are not eligible to receive an unreduced pension (do not have age 55 and 85 points) and who apply for an unreduced pension before May 14th, 2021, and who retire or resign between June 1st and August 1st, 2021, will be entitled to a pension reduced from the date they will reach 55/85points (age + qualifying service), without accumulation of qualifying service, instead of a pension reduced from the date they reach age 65. The member will have the option to start receiving the unreduced pension from the date they reach 55/85 criteria instead of an immediately reduced pension.

The normal reduction would be 6% per year from age 65.  With this option, the pension would be reduced by 6% per year from age 55.

For Example: A member that is age 54 with 31 years of allowable service will have a 6% reduction in their pension benefit for 1 year to age 55 with this option, rather than a 6% reduction for 11 years to age 65.

Both programs will be paid for through the surplus of the pension plan which currently sits at a solvency surplus of 111% or $3 billion. Air Canada reserves the right to limit the number of applications for each program.
Members will maintain all previously granted and unused C1/J passes (Thank You, Appreciation, Holiday, and Unique events) which have not expired. They must however be used within 2 years of retirement date (IE: 01 March 2023). Unused Reunion passes are also able to be carried into retirement but must be used no later than December 31st, 2022.

Members who opt for one of the programs will also be granted a one-time “Mitigation Retirement Pass” valid for the retired employee and one companion of choice. The Mitigation passes have a priority of PJ5/J00, must be booked 21 days in advance, and are subject to availability. These passes must also be used by December 31st, 2022.

Further details will be released by the company.  The application deadline will be May 14, 2021.  The company will provide a calculator to assist members in determining if they qualify and how much they will be entitled to. 

In Solidarity,
Your Air Canada Bargaining Committee
Frances Galambosy, Central Region, Chairperson
Tammy Moore, Atlantic Region
Benoit Lapointe, Eastern Region
Joanne Goulet, Western Region
Steve Murphy, Pacific Region
Leslie Dias, Unifor Director – Airlines Sector

Early Retirement Incentive Program And Question (Pdf)

Early Retirement Incentive Program

Air Canada is offering an Early Retirement Incentive Program (the “Program”) to its Unifor represented employees to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company.

Background

As you know, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a devasting impact on our business and despite multiple mitigation programs instituted over the last year, many employees still remain on layoff.

In the meantime, our domestic defined benefit pension plans (the “Pension Plan(s)”) continue to perform well. Based on preliminary results, it is estimated that as of January 1, 2021, the aggregate solvency surplus in Air Canada’s Pension Plans was $3.0 billion and all Pension Plans have an estimated solvency ratio above 105%.

After evaluating our current business situation and the performance of our Pension Plans, Air Canada and its union partners have agreed to provide pension improvements to eligible employees who would like to take advantage of the Program and retire in the coming months.

The Program in Summary

As agreed between the Company and your union leadership, we are pleased to offer the following Program:

1.    Pension improvements payable from the Air Canada Pension Plan:

·       Temporary Pension: Employees eligible to an unreduced pension as of August 1, 2021, at the latest, are entitled to receive an additional pension up to age 65.

·       Unreduced pension from 55/85: Employees not eligible to an unreduced pension because they have not yet attained age 55 and a total of 85 points (sum of age and qualifying service), will be eligible to an unreduced pension from the date they would have attained the age of 55 and a total of 85 points (without accumulation of service) instead of an unreduced pension payable from age 65.

2.   Enhanced travel privileges if you are eligible to and are granted a temporary pension or an unreduced pension from 55/85.

Program Eligibility

Based on the design of the Program, you will not be eligible for the additional pension benefits provided by this Program if you fall into one of the following categories:

·       You were hired by the Company as a CSS Agent or after June 27, 2011, or as a Crew Scheduler (Flight Operations) on or after February 17, 2012, or as a Crew Scheduler (In Flight) on or after February 15, 2012, or as an Aeroplan CSS Agent on or after December 5, 2019, since you have less than 20 years of qualifying service.

·       You were hired by the Company as an Aeroplan CSS Agent before December 5, 2019 and your EURD (see definition below) is after August 1, 2021.

·       You are already over age 65 on your retirement date.

·       You will have less than 20 years of qualifying service in the Pension Plan on July 31, 2021 and your EURD (see definition below) is after August 1, 2021.

If you do not qualify for additional pension benefits, you are not entitled to enhanced travel privileges under this Program.

Improvements to the Air Canada Pension Plan

DETERMINATION OF ELIGIBILITY TO A PENSION IMPROVEMENT UNDER THE PROGRAM

Your Group under the Program to determine applicable pension improvements

Depending on your Earliest Unreduced Retirement Date (EURD), you fall into one of the following two (2) groups for pension purposes:

·       Group 1: If your EURD is on or before August 1, 2021; or

·       Group 2: If your EURD is after August 1, 2021 and are eligible for the Program as defined in the section above.

The benefits offered under the Program differ whether you are in Group 1 or Group 2.

Note that if you are an Aeroplan CSS Agent hired before December 5, 2019 who fall into Group 2, you are not eligible for the Program since the pension plan provisions applicable to you are already more generous than what is being offered through the Program.

Your Earliest Unreduced Retirement Date (EURD)

There are many variables that determine your eligibility to retire with an unreduced pension under the rules of the Pension Plan(s), such as your age, how many years of “qualifying” service you have, which Pension Plan you have contributed to, if Company consent has been granted or not, etc.

You are eligible to retire with an unreduced pension from the Air Canada Pension Plan – Crew Schedulers and CSS Agents (the “Plan”) if you meet one of the following criteria which is referred to as your earliest unreduced retirement date (EURD):

1.    Age sixty-five (65), or

2.    When the sum of your age and “qualifying” service equals eighty-five (85) points or more (Factor 85) and your age is at least fifty-five (55) years and you obtain consent from Air Canada, as the Pension Plan Administrator.

You can refer to the eTool which will soon be available on HR Connex to confirm your qualifying service and your EURD. Further details about the eTool are provided below.

Your qualifying service is determined using your service in the Plan. It also includes your qualifying service accumulated in other Air Canada Pension Plan(s), if applicable. 

Pension improvements for Group 1 employees

If you are in Group 1, you are already eligible (or will be on or before August 1, 2021) to retire with an unreduced pension from the Plan. The Program provides:

·       A one-time opportunity to receive an additional temporary pension, payable in monthly installments from the Plan.

·       The temporary annual pension is equal to $400 for each year of allowable service accumulated in the Plan.

·       This amount is payable in monthly installments from your date of retirement until the first of the month you reach age 65.

·       Should you die on or before the first of the month you reach age 65, remaining temporary pension payments will be paid in a lump sum to your eligible spouse, or your estate, if you do not have an eligible spouse.

·       You must elect to retire on June 1, July 1 or August 1, 2021 to be eligible for the temporary pension. Note that your retirement date must be on or after your EURD.

Since the temporary pension is payable until age 65, you will not receive any additional pension benefits under this Program if you are already over age 65 on your retirement date.

If you have already contacted HR Connex Pension to initiate your retirement process, you are eligible to this Program and can apply by following the instructions provided. In addition, please contact HR Connex Pension to let them know that you will apply for the Program.

Examples are provided in the enclosed FAQ.

Pension improvements for Group 2 employees

If you are in Group 2, you are not eligible to retire with an unreduced pension from the Plan on or before August 1, 2021. However, if you elect to terminate your employment or retire from Air Canada under the Program at the latest on August 1, 2021, your pension benefits will be improved as follows:

·       On the date of your termination of employment or retirement, you will be eligible to receive a pension from the Plan.

·       Instead of being actuarially reduced from age 65, your pension will be actuarially reduced from the date you would have attained age 55 and 85 points (without accumulation of service).

Under the rules of the Plan, you will have the option to start receiving an unreduced pension from the date you would have attained age 55 and 85 points (without accumulation of service) or a reduced pension at an earlier date depending on your age and qualifying service. If you are less than age 55 at the time of your retirement or termination of employment, you will also have the option to receive the value of your pension as a lump sum payment.

Examples are provided in the enclosed FAQ.

Employee Travel

Employees Eligible FOR Retiree Travel Privileges

If you are eligible to and are granted a temporary pension or an unreduced pension from 55/85 andyou are eligible to receive retiree travel privileges on the date you retire or terminate your employment, those privileges will be granted to you and Air Canada will exceptionally also grant to you:

·       Permission to carry into retirement all previously granted and unused C1/J passes issued as a result of “Thank You”, “Appreciation” or “Unique” events and which have not expired. These passes must be used within two (2) years following your retirement date.

·       Permission to carry into retirement C1/J “Holiday” passes which have not expired. These passes must be used within two (2) years following your retirement date.

·       Permission to carry into retirement an unused PY2/J01 “Reunion” pass. This pass must be used no later than December 31, 2022.

·       A one-time pair of positive space passes “Mitigation Retirement Pass” valid for you and a companion of your choice:

–          Priority PJ5/J00;

–          This pass must be used no later than December 31, 2022;

–          Travel must be booked 21 days or less prior to departure; and

–          Subject to availability / route performance / seasonality / blackout dates.

·       GO AC suite of products are carried into retirement as per retiree policy.

·       Service charges apply and may vary.

·      NOTE: Travel privileges and related policies are subject to change at Air Canada’s discretion without notice.

Employees Not Eligible FOR Retiree Travel Privileges

If you are eligible to and are granted a temporary pension or an unreduced pension from 55/85 but you are not eligible to retiree travel privileges on the date you retire or terminate your employment, you will be entitled to the following travel privileges:

·      Two (2) C3/Y passes per completed year of continuous or qualifying service to a maximum of 20 passes, for you, your spouse and your eligible dependents to be used during their lifetime.

–        If single, C3/Y passes are for you only.

·      Permission for you to maintain all previously granted and unused C1/J passes issued as a result of “Thank You”, “Appreciation” or “Unique” events. These passes must be used no later than December 31, 2022.

·      Permission for you to maintain unused “Reunion Pass” (PY2/J01). These passes must be used no later than December 31, 2022.

·      Permission for you to maintain C1/J “Holiday” passes. These passes must be used no later than December 31, 2022.

·      Nominated partner, parent or other partner passes as well as OAL travel are not included.

·      GO AC suite of products is not permitted.

·      Your travel profile will be inactivated once all passes granted to you have been exhausted; any remaining eligible dependent passes will be forfeited at that time. Your profile will be inactivated even if your spouse and/or your dependent children still have an allotment of passes.

·      Should you die, your travel profile will be closed and no survivor travel privileges are permitted.

·      Service charges apply and may vary.

·      NOTE: Travel privileges and related policies are subject to change at Air Canada’s discretion without notice.

Shine Points

·       Access to your Shine Points balance which will be available for redemption of any goods available in the catalogue for up to 180 days after March 1, 2021.

·       To activate this privilege, you must email the Achievers member experience team and request a password at memberexperience@achievers.com.

·       Once the password has been received you can go to www.aircanada.achievers.com/login in order to access your Shine account and redeem points.

Benefits

Eligibility for post-retirement benefits

Regardless of your eligibility to retire for pension purposes, you may be eligible for post-retirement benefits (life and health) if you were hired prior to May 1, 2014 and you meet one of the following criteria: 

·       Twenty-five (25) years of continuous service – this means continuous employment with the Company since your last date of hire; or

·       Factor 80 (age plus continuous or qualifying service); or

·       Age sixty-five (65).

If you are eligible for post-retirement benefits, a post retirement benefit package will be sent to you. This package will outline the benefits and provisions to which you will be eligible which includes the choice between the Basic Health Plan (Company paid) and the Voluntary Supplementary Health Plan (VSHP).

Once you have retired, your active Life, Health and Dental coverage will remain in effect for a period of thirty-one (31) days. Following this extension of active coverage, on the 32nd day you will transition onto retiree benefits.

A complete description of all eligible provisions and benefit information related to Retiree Group Health Plans is available on HR Connex under Policies & Forms > My Benefits > Retiree Benefits.

Restrictions on Number of Applications

Given the significant surplus in the Pension Plans, Air Canada is not currently permitted nor required to make any contributions in the Pension Plans under pension legislation. Since it is imperative for Air Canada to be able to maintain a contribution holiday in the Pension Plans in 2021 and in the next few years, the Company reserves the right to limit the number of accepted applications for temporary pensions and unreduced pension from 55/85 based on the financial position of the Pension Plans.

Information Necessary to Make an Informed Decision

Your estimated pension benefits, assuming you terminate your employment or retire from Air Canada under the Program, will be calculated and posted in an eTool on HR Connex on May 3, 2021 at the latest. You will also see your pension benefits under the current plan rules. Information on how to access the eTool will be provided by email as soon as it is available. Note that estimated pension benefits will only be calculated and provided for employees who will benefit from pension enhancements under the Program.

You can also access very useful pension information on HR Connex Pension through the following path:

·       Under the “Retirement” section, click on “HR Connex Pension”.

·       You may then produce personalized pension estimates at any date by clicking on the “Project Your Retirement Income” tile. However, please note that these estimates reflect the current rules of the Plans and do not reflect the improvements described in this document.

·       If you click on the “Plan Documents” tile, you will have access to a summary description of the Plan provisions, amongst other documents.

How to Apply and Next Steps

This is a voluntary Program. If you are interested in participating, you will need to apply through the eTool which will be posted on HR Connex on May 3, 2021 at the latest. You must submit your online application before the end of the day on May 14, 2021.

Shortly after May 14, 2021, an email will be sent to you to confirm if your application for the Program has been approved and you will be advised of next steps.

Once you have applied to this Program, your decision is final and irrevocable, unless the Company denies your application.

Questions?

For any pension related questions, you may contact HR Connex Pension (Alight). For any non-pension questions, you may contact the Air Canada Employee Care Team (ECT). They can both be reached at 1-833-847-3675.

Thank you for your interest and your understanding for the short notice. Please do not send questions directly in response to this email. We will send out any further information in subsequent emails so please monitor your account.

Thank you. 


Photo of passenger jet above the clouds at dusk
Relief Package
Unifor Welcomes Air Canada relief package

April 12, 2021 at 10:30 PM

New federal measures aimed at bolstering Air Canada will help protect good jobs and is an important step on the road to economic recovery, says Unifor.

Today’s announcement by the federal government is a recognition that aviation workers are pivotal to the Canadian economy,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The relief package provides a good balance of certainty for communities large and small, the company, and its workers.”

Unifor has led a campaign for months urging Canada to join the majority of other industrialized nations that instituted airline sector relief. During a media conference this evening, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra announced that there would be no additional layoffs permitted as part of the deal. She also said the resumption of service to 17 regional routes is a condition of the relief package. “We look forward to working with Minister Freeland to see that other Canadian carriers can achieve similar supports so good jobs across the sector can be protected,” said Dias.

Unifor represents more than 16,000 members working in the air transportation sector, including pilots, customer service representatives, aircraft groomers, catering staff, and air traffic controllers.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad and strives to create progressive change for a better future.


Work from Home Arbitration
April 8, 2021
Work from Home Arbitration
Greetings,

As previously communicated, Unifor filed a grievance on the Air Canada management selection methods related to the Temporary Work from Home Program which has been in place since July, 2020. The union argued that the position should be awarded purely on seniority. However, the company argued that the selection process should be based on seniority as well as Key Performance Indicators (KPI). The issue was taken to arbitration and Arbitrator Keller has ruled in favour of the company. The Bargaining Committee, along with Unifor’s Legal Department, is currently looking at our options. We will communicate with members on any further actions. At this time, the company has not indicated to us their intention about reopening any more work from home positions. It is also important to understand that Arbitrator Keller’s decision is linked to COVID-19 as a temporary program. Since no such program exists in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, any long term or permanent implementation of a Work from Home Program would need to be negotiated between the parties.

  In solidarity,Your Air Canada Bargaining Committee,
Frances Galambosy, Central Region, Chairperson
Tammy Moore, Atlantic Region
Benoit Lapointe, Eastern Region
Joanne Goulet, Western Region
Steve Murphy, Pacific Region
Leslie Dias, Unifor Director – Airlines Sector  

Message from Our Bargaining Team ( Technological Change/Automation )

Technological Change/Automation

Good Afternoon,

As most of us have seen over the past year or so, Air Canada has been increasingly implementing new technology to automate our work. Some of this came through the new Altea platform, and other automation are new initiatives being fast tracked due to COVID-19.   Some of these have been implemented and others are in the development or testing stage.

The bargaining committee would like to solicit your assistance and your expertise. We need your help in compiling an exhaustive list of all of the new technology/automation that Air Canada has introduced in airports, contact centres, CJM and Customer Relations, or that you are aware of being developed. We are asking that you take some time to think about how your job has evolved technologically over the past few years, compile a list of all of the changes that you are aware of, and sent the list to TechChange@unifor2002.org by April 21st, 2021 @ noon Eastern time. Your bargaining committee will be reviewing all emails received to form a master list.

We appreciate your help in achieving this important project.

In Solidarity,

Your Air Canada Bargaining Committee


In Celebration of JOHN EDWARD BINIONS

March 8, 1956 –  April 2, 2021

In Celebration of JOHN EDWARD BINIONS

JOHN EDWARD BINIONS

March 8, 1956 –  April 2, 2021

Passed away at home in Mississauga, on Friday April 2, 2021, at the age of 65. Beloved son of the late William and Doreen (nee Patey) Binions. Loving brother of Wendy (Mark) Stebbing and awesome uncle to Jack, Scott and Glenn. Adored by his extended family, wide circle of friends and former co-workers at Air Canada. John followed his own path through life as he pursued his love of music and travel. He was a kind, generous soul who had a tie for every occasion. His sense of humour was legendary.

A public celebration of life to be held at a later date. If desired, donations may be made to Musicounts or Trillium Health Partners.



Unifor Celebrates Trans Members
March 31, 2021 Unifor recognizes and invites all members to celebrate the International Transgender Day of Visibility tomorrow, March 31. This annual day celebrates the value and resilience of transgender people both within the union and around the world. Trans people are those who identify with a gender other than the one assigned at birth, and exist within all countries, communities and religious groups around the world. This identity is separate from an individual’s sexual orientation. More than a year into the pandemic, as we turn our attention to recovery, Unifor encourages members and locals to centre trans people in your advocacy. It is well established that workers in already precarious and part time jobs faced instability and financial loss during this pandemic. A recent Trans PULSE Report found that fewer than 50% of transgender people in Canada are employed full-time. COVID-19 has interrupted and overloaded our health care systems. The same study, which included survey data from 2019, also found that 45% of respondents reported unmet health care needs  and 12% had avoided going to the emergency room, despite needing care. As we consider both the immediate and long-term affects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Unifor asks members to fight for trans and non-binary workers so that workplaces, health care and other essential services celebrate and welcome trans people. As we advocate for governments to #BuildBackBetter, trans people must be centred in future fiscal stimulus, job creation and public services must work for everyone, including trans people in Canada. Unifor wishes to honour trans and non-binary members, who continue to help build our union and strengthen our movement. Through their contributions and labour our union and society is made better, more educated and compassionate. Unifor asks members to share a message of support and solidarity on the Trans Day of Visibility. Click here to download poster Click here to download shareable     View the statement on our website here. ***                                                                                 

SIGN THE PETITION TO SAVE OUR INDUSTRY

https://www.unifor.org/en/take-action/campaigns/canada-needs-a-plan-aviation?v=take_action

https://www.unifor.org/en/take-action/campaigns/canada-needs-a-plan-aviation?v=take_action
Message from Don Ross – Interim President
Dear Unifor Member,

On behalf of the Unifor 2002 Executive Board and our Unifor Executive Team, I would like to thank you for participating in our ongoing campaign to promote an Aviation Recovery Plan to the Canadian Government. If you have not had the opportunity to complete this short petition, we invite you to take a moment to help all aviation sector workers. Please click here. Completing this form will only take a moment of your time. Canada needs a plan to ensure the aviation industry is able to weather this storm and come out the other side intact. Please make sure your Member of Parliament hears from you. Thank you for your support.  
In Solidarity, Don Ross, Unifor 2002 Interim President




22 March Water Day.

To date 57 water advisories in 38 CANADIAN COMMUNITIES
Webinar 22 March Sign Up

Dear members,

United Nations World Water Day falls on March 22 every year. World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the people around the globe living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis.

Unifor is proud to host a webinar about the state of safe water in Indigenous communities across the county. Join this powerful discussion hosted by Gina Smoke, Unifor Indigenous Liaison with Pam Palmater, Mi’kmaq lawyer, Ryerson Professor and activist.

Learn about actions that Unifor members can take to push the federal government to live up to its Treaty obligations and ensure that all Indigenous communities have clean, safe water.

March 22, 2021 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. EST

This workshop will be hosted online through Cisco WebEx. Participants will be emailed information on how to join. You must RSVP online.

In solidarity,

Jerry Dias
National President


International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on March 21st – marred in history when police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960. Unifor recognizes we must not repeat history and it has been very evident this year, we must be a part of the change needed to redefine public safety and divest from institutions that perpetuate racism and are still taking the lives of Black, Indigenous and people of colour. This year, Unifor’s message is “Together for Racial Justice.” We understand that we must use our collective power to make change. It is about engaging the communities, trade unions, employers, workplaces and organizations to work together for meaningful lasting change. #Together4RacialJustice aims to make real meaningful change in cultures that exist in workplaces and a society that devalue any person solely based on the colour of their skin. We often hear the word tolerance. Tolerance has absolutely nothing to do with racial justice, but everything to do with one’s attitude. It is not making the real changes need to end racism, more like ignoring the real issues and claiming to be not racist vs acting in a way that is anti-racist. It is vital that trade unions do not ignore the place in history we are in.  As the Covid-19 virus began to spread in early 2020, a parallel pandemic was unleashed – of hatred, violence and fear against Black, Indigenous and people of colour. Those who identify or were perceived to identify as Chinese were targeted by hate and wrongly blamed for the pandemic. Stark inequities, rooted in racism, quickly became clear. Black, Indigenous and people of colour and women are significantly at higher risk of infection and death. Unifor is proud to join other unions across North America in a cross-border, multilingual webinar on the fight for racial justice as we near the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On March 20, activists will come together to redefine public safety, to advance the interest of Black, Indigenous and people of colour in our society, workplaces and union. We will continue to work together to eliminate racism. Unifor is encouraging members and activists to register and participate in the Together for Racial Justice Webinar on Zoom at 3 p.m. eastern time on March 20, 2021. This will allow us to have moments of reflection and recommit to being Anti-racist using Unifor’s six steps to support racial justice. Unifor will continue in our quest for equity, equality and anti-discrimination and we call on each and every one of us to stand up against all forms of racism. On social media we will show our recommitment to ending all forms of racial discrimination by using the Unifor frame “Together for Racial Justice.” Download the shareables View the statement on our website here. ***