UPDATES

Yesterday the Union met with the Company for our monthly 18.03 meeting to discuss on going issues brought forward by the members. The topics discussed were:
•	Resources Management Hours
•	Increased help for the Resource Team
•	Vacation 2022
•	VPP weeks awarded
•	Groups
•	Training
•	New Hires
•	WFH


Updates

Friday August 12, 2022

Greetings everyone,

Just a few updates:

Monkey Pox Vaccine:

Anyone who is interested in getting the monkey pox vaccine can now request a Family Responsibility Day (FR) by sending an email to your manager, resops at res.operations-yyz@aircanada.ca and cc the union at d300info@gmail.com. Please remember to followin up by sending proof of vacation to get paid.

Transfers:

The compay has recently taken a snapshot of the transfer list to the airport. All members are required to check your company email for offer letter. Once you have received your offer letter you will be given 24 hours to respond. If you decline or do not respond to the letter, you will be frozen on the list for 12 months. 

No dates have been provided of the transfer.

Currently there are not dates on transfers to the Call Centres.

Uber Eats:

By now all eligible members should have received an email from the company with your Uber Eats voucher. 

TotalView Enhancement

TotalView will be unavailable from Friday August 12 at 2200 to Monday August 15, 2022 at 1000. This is due to a system upgrade. Please review your weekend schedule for any discrepancies. 

All shifts trades for the weekend must be submitted no later then 2000 on Friday August 12, 2022. Any late submission will not be valid.

If you have any questions or concers plsease contact the union office at d300info@gmail.com.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

In Solidarity,

Satya

District 300 Chair


Reminders

Wednesday August 10, 2022.


Greetings District 300 members,

Just a few reminders,

The upcoming shift bid 

The CRC committee will meet on August 31 and September 1, 2022. Shifts will be posted after September 1,2022 and the shift bid will commence on September 14th and 15th, 2022. The new bid is schedule to start on Sunday October 2, 2022. This bid is scheduled to end on Saturday January 7th, 2022 (subject to change). 

Transfers

For the members who are interested and are eligible to transfer, please make sure your requests are updated in the HR Kiosk. The Company has declared vacancies at the airports and the union was advised that a new snapshot will be taken at anytime. It’s the responsibility of each member to check and validate their transfer request at all times.

GHO/VPP

The GHO/VPP tool is now opened for 2023. Deadline is September 15th, 2022.Please read the document entirely for accurate information. 

Collective Agreement

Hot off the press! I’m pleased to announce that our office has received the new edition of the collective agreement. Please stop by the office to pick up you copy if you haven’t already, or see the link below:

English Version https://www.unifor2002.org/UNF/files/44/4439acd0-df08-47ce-a527-c888ce4bbf53.pdf

French Version https://www.unifor2002.org/UNF/files/cd/cdeb6ef7-2b7d-463a-aaa4-a829d963e404.pdf

Probation

9.01 A person being hired into a classification covered by this Agreement will be required to serve a probationary period of one hundred and eighty-two (182) days from date of permanent employment. The probationary period shall not be extended due to annual vacation or

Telework

At the moment there are no new Telework opportunity for this year. We have been advised by the company in January that the WFH allotment was given out for the year. 

Training

Groups Training is scheduled for 5-6 weeks starting on October 3, 2022 for anyone new coming into the groups department.

Manager meetings

Know your rights, when attending a managers meeting you may request the presence of a Union Rep if needed. Your meetings will be posted in totalview ahead of time.

If you have any questions please contact the union office at d300info@gmail.com. 

In Solidarity, 

Satya

District 300 Chair





Rogers Outage/Vacation

Thursday July 21, 2022

Greetings Everyone,

Last week was very challenging for all with the Rogers network outage. I’m pleased to announce that anyone with pay discrepancies regarding Double OT being cancelled or being marked as AU/AP, that this matter is now resolved and your credits will be reflected on your next pay stub. If your pay is still incorrect, please send me an email at d300@unifor2002.org.

A reminder to our new members class of 2022,

Please see below for your vacation entitlement:

Art.14.02.01.

Employees shall be entitled to vacation leave with pay. Such time away from work shall be granted in working days, exclusive of holidays, as provided in Article 13, which may occur during the vacation period in accordance with:

Less than one (1) year of continuous service by December 31st of each year – one (1) day of vacation leave for each full month of continuous service up to December 31st to a maximum of ten (10) days.

If you feel that your vacation is calculated incorrectly for this year, please send an email to Cathy at res.operations-yyz@aircanada.ca and cc the union at d300@unifor2002.org along with your start date for review.

Open House– I would like to invite all members to the office on Monday, July 26, 2022 in the main conference room between 1100-1800. Feel free to drop in to pick up a copy of the new collective agreement along with some coffee and cookies. Please contact your manager if will be working in the office on Monday.

Thanks everyone for your patience and have a wonderful weekend.

In Solidarity,

Satya

District 300 Chair


Teams is Currently Down

Wednesday July 20, 2022

2210

Hello Everyone,

Teams is down until further notice.

If you need to reach out to a manager, please contact managers by email or by the Manager phone at 647-964-3518.

The MOD for tonight will be Ronald Vardon till 6:30am.

Thank you.



Rogers Internet Outage

Friday July 15, 2022

Greeting Everyone,

I know that the past week has been very challenging for all with the recent Rogers internet outage.

I was on vacation but did receive your emails and had many discussions with the Bargaining Committee along with the other District Chairs at YUL and YSJ CC. 

This was a very confusing day for all and please rest assure that the union is trying to resolve this matter.

A reminder to all members when sending emails to the union PLEASE send it to d300@unifor2002.org and not my company email. 

If anyone was coded as AU, AX or AP for July 8th, please send me an email.

If you were granted OT on July 8th, and your OT was cancelled please send me an email.

In your emails please indicate if you were trying to reach the attendance line to report any absences.

If you have any further questions please contact the union office by email at d300@unifor2002.org.

Thank you all for your patience.

In Solidarity,

Satya 

District 300 Chair


Jamboree

On Friday June 17th, 2022 the union and the company held our first YTO family Jamboree. 

This event was a success and was enjoyed by all who attended. The Jamboree is our way to say thanks to all of members for your hard work and dedication. 

There was games, prizes and surprises. We hope to see more telework members in attendance in the years to come. 

Again, thanks you for all you do toady and always. Together we can achieve ours goals by creating a safe and wonderful work environment. 


Satya

District Chair

District 300





Jamboree

Tuesday June 14th, 2022

The union and the company would like to invite 

All members to our first YTO family Jamboree on Friday June 17th, 2022. 

This is a free event to thank you all for your hard work and dedication. There will be games, prizes and surprises. 

Any member working from home and would like to attend please contact Norva as we do have limited space available in the office. 

Those attending please fill out the lunch order forms and return it to your manager or the union at d300info@gmail.com. 

Hope to see you there. 

In Solidarity,

Satya 

District 300 Chair




Air Canada: We are in this together (unless you are an above-the -wing employee)

June 3, 2022

On May 31, 2022, Air Canada’s Corporate Resource Planning department issued a bulletin to those employees in below-the-wing positions, enticing them with double-overtime pay (time-and-half for part-time employees). The employer praised their work as ‘essential to the survival of the corporation.’Unifor, and its Local 2002, also value the important contribution our brothers and sisters in below-the-wing positions make to Air Canada, but it is hard to stand by and watch while this employer continually goes outside the Collective Agreement to entice only certain workers. Why is it okay to increase their starting wage to CAD $21.11 an hour (for most locations), while leaving our people behind at CAD $16.56? Do we not struggle with the same cost of living?This overtime incentive demonstrates that Air Canada’s Resource Planning department has no moral or ethical backbone to treat all employees fairly and equally. “We are in this together”, the bulletin proudly states. However, it should continue to say, “except for airport members, CJM members, Contact Centre members, and Customer Relations members.”Air Canada’s Corporate Resource Planning department, you need to share the wealth and not divide your own employees.  In solidarity,Unifor/Air Canada Bargaining Committee,


Joanne Goulet – Interim Chairperson, Western Region
Soppo Gomez Gnali – Pacific Region
Harold Bateman – Central Region
Benoit Lapointe – Eastern Region
Tracy Rector – Atlantic Region
Tammy Moore – President, Unifor Local 2002
Frances Galambosy – Unifor National Service Representative, Airline Sector
Leslie Dias – Unifor Director, Airlines Sector


Reminders

Friday May 27, 2022.

Greetings District 300 Members,

As we have completed another shift bid, I would like to remind all members to pay attention to your new break times attached to your new shifts. Also, when your new shift and vacation are loaded in Total View, it is your responsibility to check that the information is correct. In the past we had members who accidently worked on their days off/vacation days and did not get paid by the company. We do not want our members working for free and will be bringing this issue up at the quarterly manager/union meeting to find solution.

Minimum Rest time

Art.6.04.01 If an employee will not have nine (9) hours free from duty between leaving work and reporting for duty for the next scheduled shift, the employee will be relieved from reporting for duty until nine (9) hours have elapsed without any time debit. Alternatively, if the Company requires the employee to report for duty for the next scheduled shift, then the difference between the actual time they were free from duty and the nine (9) hours they should have been free from duty shall be paid double time.

Art.6.04.02 If an employee does not have nine (9) hours free from duty between leaving work and prior to the start of overtime preceding the next scheduled shift, the difference between the actual time they were free from duty and the nine (9) hours they should have been free from duty shall be paid double time.

Collective Agreement

Hot off the press! I’m pleased to announce that our office has received the new edition of the collective agreement. Please stop by the office to pick up you copy, or see the link below:

English Version https://www.unifor2002.org/UNF/files/44/4439acd0-df08-47ce-a527-c888ce4bbf53.pdf

French Version https://www.unifor2002.org/UNF/files/cd/cdeb6ef7-2b7d-463a-aaa4-a829d963e404.pdf

Probation

9.01 A person being hired into a classification covered by this Agreement will be required to serve a probationary period of one hundred and eighty-two (182) days from date of permanent employment. The probationary period shall not be extended due to annual vacation or training.

GHO/VPP

The GHO/VPP tool is now opened for 2023. Deadline is September 15th, 2022.

Telework

At the moment there are no new Telework opportunity for this year. We have been advised by the company in January that the WFH allotment was given out for the year. I will definitely be bringing this item to the upcoming meeting with the company as our department is still hiring new staff for the rest of the year.

Personal Electronic Devices

It has come to the unions attention that our members have been found watching movies and surfing the internet during work. This is considered as theft of company time and the company will be able to discipline accordingly. If you need to make a personal call, please use one of the designated quiet rooms or the lunch room. Cell phone usage is not permitted at your desk or in the hallways. Please familiarize yourselves with the company’s policy on Acpedia under Contact Centre Standards and Expectations.

We hope our members will show compliance to avoid any disciplinary action from the company.

Transfers

For the members who are interested and are eligible to transfer, please make sure your requests are updated in the HR Kiosk. At this moment we do not have any dates for a new snapshot or aware of any new vacancies. It’s the responsibility of each member to check and validate their transfer request at all times.

Training

Groups Training is scheduled for 5-6 weeks starting on June 6th, 2022 for anyone new coming into the groups department.

Manager meetings

Know your rights, when attending a managers meeting you may request the presence of a Union Rep if needed. Your meetings will be posted in totalview ahead of time.

I will be away on vacation from May 30th to June 3rd, 2022. Vice Chair Diana Bohorquez will be covering the office. Also, Vice Chairs Andrea Panagopoulos, Karen Johnson, Nathalie Alloul, Carmen Zuloaga and Sandra Neary can be reached on  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the union at d300info@gmail.com.

In Solidarity,

Satya


Thursday May 19th, 2022

Greeting district 300 members,

The company has sent out the bid packages in your company emails. The seniority list is also posted. If there’s any error, please advise Resops and the Union prior to shift bid day. Shift bid days are May 24-25th, 2022 starting at 0800. The Bid will commence on June 11th, 2022 and is subject to end on September 10, 2022.      

Shift Bid Reminders

SharePoint – the link to the live bid is included in the original email sent by Cathy in Resops. Please Pin this email for quick access. Members are reminded to look at the SharePoint prior to their bid time.

Shift bid/Proxy forms – Please remember to fill out your shift bid form/proxy form and send a copy to Cathy by email at res.operations-yyz@aircanada.ca and a copy to the Union by email at d300info@gmail.com. Deadline is Monday May 23, 2022 at 0800.

Bid Day – Each member is allotted 2 minutes in the bid room (or on call). Once you have chosen a line, changes are not permitted.

If you miss your bid time for any reason and did not hand in a shift bid/proxy form, you will be awarded a line at the end of the bid.

 Asia Desk– For our members bidding the Asia Desk please be advised that flex is not permitted for startup shifts. For more information on the Asia Desk operations please sign up to attend the roadshow on March 17th, 2022 or March 30th, 2022.

 5×3 Rotation– When bidding a line from the 5×3 rotation, you will rotate your days on and off, but the start time remains the same. Please note when you go through the lines, you will hit one week in 8 which is a relief line and can be altered as per article 6.13.06 and article 6.13.07.

On the SharePoint for the bids, the Relief will be highlighted in blue with an R beside the time of the shift.

 Equalization – there are a few parts to equalization with the shift bids:

1. When a full-time employee moves from one work schedule to another, they will work all shifts as scheduled. The company will calculate the originally scheduled work hours within the last schedule. Employees will be debited or credited at straight time for any hours that are in excess of or less than the standard work week as defined in Article 6.01.01

 2. If an employee’s schedule has too many consecutive days, they may request reduced overtime. Requests will be granted based on operational requirements and will supersede the regular RO process. Consideration for too many consecutive days will be based on: 4×4 or 4×3: More than 6; 5×3 or 5×4: More than 7; All others: More than 8.

3. 6.14.04.02 Any bid employee that is owing the Company hours or as a result of equalization, may request to work additional hours through their local Resource manager. The request must be made prior to the bid implementation date. The additional hours will be worked at a time that is suitable for operational requirements and the employee. The additional hours will be scheduled within a two (2) week period from the bid implementation date. Any relief employee owing the company ten (10) hours or greater may request to work additional hours as well. These hours must be scheduled within one (1) month of the employee receiving their equalization calculation.  

The Union office will be opened form 0800-1600 on bid days. If you have any questions, please contact the Union office at 416-637-0620 prior to your bid time.

In Solidarity,

Satya

District 300 Chair

Transfers to Toronto Airport June 6, 2022

Friday May 13, 2022

For our members transferring back to the airport in June, training will begin on June 6, 2022 and will be approximately 5-6 weeks long. Any member who has vacation during this time you will be taking your vacation weeks with

you at the airport. For more information on your vacation please contact the airport Workforce Planning Manager Melissa Mccutcheon at:

melissa.mccutcheon@aircanada.ca

There will be a mini bid that will be addressed during your training.

Upon return to the airport, you are also required to complete three modules, and your parking permit application also found on the link above.

It’s highly recommended for all members to book an appointment with the Pass Control Office for your RAIC due to long wait times. Please see RAIC attachment below.

It’s sad to see our members go but you will always be part of our YTO family.

In Solidarity,

Satya

District Chair 300

Vacancies, GHO/VPP updates

                                                                                                                                     Wednesday May 11, 2022

Good evening everyone,

The company has sent out offer letters to our members requesting to transfer back to the Toronto Airport. These letters were only for FT positions. No PT positions are available at this time.

Please keep in mind that you have 24 hours to respond to the email. Failure to respond will be considered as a decline.

If you decline the offer letter you will be not be eligible for 12 months from the date of original refusal and will have to resubmit a new request.

If you have any questions regarding this matter please contact the union office at d300@unifor2002.org.

Application for GHO/VPP 2023 is currently delayed for Res. Hopefully the tool will be updated very shortly.

In Solidarity,

Satya

District 300 Chair


Air Canada CES: Bargaining Committee – Notice of Nominated and Acclaimed Candidates for 5 BC Reps

April 29, 2022 at 1:15 PM

Notice of Nominated Candidates (1 Atlantic and 1 Pacific Region) and Acclaimed

Candidates (1 Central, 1 Eastern and 1 Western Region)

TO: Local 2002 members – Air Canada 

FROM: Unifor Local 2002 Elections Committee 

SUBJECT: Election for the following positions:

1 – Bargaining Committee Member Standing -1 Atlantic, 1 Pacific

The following members were officially nominated at the close of nominations on: April 25, 2022: 

Atlantic Region 

Tracy Rector

Cheryl Robinson

Pacific Region 

Kathy Waters

Wil Leblanc

Soppo Gomez-Gnali

This election will be conducted electronically only. Electronic Voting dates and times:

Begins Monday, May 09, 2022 at 12:00 NOON and ends Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 11:59 AM

Your Elector ID and password will be sent by email. To ensure you receive this very important information, please update your Voter Profile.  

The recent election call has resulted in the  acclamation of the following candidates: 

Central Region 

Harold Bateman

Western Region

Joanne Goulet

Eastern Region 

Benoit Lapointe

At this time we would like to congratulate the above candidates on their acclamation and offer our support over the term of office. The term of office begins June 1st 2022. 

Please click here for the complete election file.

In solidarity,

Manon Camiré

Unifor Local 2002 Elections Committee Member




GIDIP

Things to keep in mind when applying for GIDIP

o must deplete your sick day first
o waiting period is now 7 days
o must submit documents signed by your doctor
o when ready to return to work, must be cleared by your doctor and then OHS
o time off will be marked differently from regular sick time
o vacation time is not accumulated
o must use Unifor vacation calculator for adjusted vacation time
o no need to buy back pension
o any time on GIDIP will not count towards probation/residency clause
o shift trades will be null and void

If you require more information please contact Terry Carlucci from your personal email not AC email at:

terry@unifor2002.org

In Solidarity,

Satya

District 300 Chair


Shift Bid Reminders

Monday March 21st, 2022

Thanks everyone who submitted a shift bid/porxy sheet, deadline was this morning Monday March 21, 2022 at 0800.

Shift bid is scheduled to start on Sunday April 3nd, 2022 to June 11th, 2022
(subject to change).

Bid days March 22nd and 23rd ,2022 0800-1600. At your bid time the Union will be contacting you. Please ensure that you’re following the live bid on the sharepoint link provided by Cathy in Resops.

A reminder that you ONLY have two minutes to choose your shift. Once you accepted your bid line you will not be able to make any changes.

If we are unable to reach you for any reason, your shift will be granted based on the choices submitted. If your options are not available, you will be granted a line at the end of the bid.

Anyone bidding the Asia Desk please be advised that flex is not permitted at start up shifts. Also shift trades can only be done with language qualified members.

There is still another opportunity for anyone who is interest in attending the Asia desk roadshow on Wednesday March 30th. Please see your company emails for more information.

The union office will be opened at 0800-1600 on Tuesday March 23rd and Wednesday March 24th, 2022.

If you have any questions regarding the shift bid don’t hesitate to contact the Union office at 416-637-0620 prior to your bid time.

Good Luck!!

In Solidarity,

Satya

District 300 Chair


Thursday March 17th, 2022 

SharePoint – the link to the live bid is included in the original email sent by Cathy in Resops. Please Pin this email for quick access. Members are reminded to look at the SharePoint prior to their bid time.

Shift bid/Proxy forms – Please remember to fill out your shift bid form/proxy form and send a copy to Cathy by email at res.operations-yyz@aircanada.ca and a copy to the Union by email at d300info@gmail.com. Deadline is Monday March 21, 2022 at 0800.

Bid Day- Each member is allotted 2 minutes in the bid room (or on call). Once you have chosen a line, changes are not permitted.

If you miss your bid time for any reason and did not hand in a shift bid/proxy form, you will be awarded a line at the end of the bid.

Asia Desk– For our members bidding the Asia Desk please be advised that flex is not permitted for startup shifts. For more information on the Asia Desk operations please sign up to attend the roadshow on March 17th, 2022 or March 30th, 2022.

5×3 Rotation- When bidding a line from the 5×3 rotation, you will rotate your days on and off, but the start time remains the same. Please note when you go through the lines, you will hit one week in 8 which is a relief line and can be altered as per article 6.13.06 and article 6.13.07.

On the SharePoint for the bids, the Relief will be highlighted in blue with an R beside the time of the shift.

Equalization – there are a few parts to equalization with the shift bids:

  • When a full-time employee moves from one work schedule to another, they will work all shifts as scheduled. The company will calculate the originally scheduled work hours within the last schedule. Employees will be debited or credited at straight time for any hours that are in excess of or less than the standard work week as defined in Article 6.01.01
  • If an employee’s schedule has too many consecutive days, they may request reduced overtime. Requests will be granted based on operational requirements and will supersede the regular RO process. Consideration for too many consecutive days will be based on: 4×4 or 4×3: More than 6; 5×3 or 5×4: More than 7; All others: More than 8;
  • 6.14.04.02 Any bid employee that is owing the Company hours or as a result of equalization, may request to work additional hours through their local Resource manager. The request must be made prior to the bid implementation date. The additional hours will be worked at a time that is suitable for operational requirements and the employee. The additional hours will be scheduled within a two (2) week period from the bid implementation date. Any relief employee owing the company ten (10) hours or greater may request to work additional hours as well. These hours must be scheduled within one (1) month of the employee receiving their equalization calculation.

The Union office will be opened form 0800-1600 on bid days. If you have any questions, please contact the Union office at 416-637-0620 prior to your bid time.

In Solidarity,

Satya

District 300 Chair


Pay Increase

Thursday March 11th, 2022.

Good afternoon everyone,
As for the for the pay increase, please see below for clarification:

Uplift and pay progressions are scheduled for the beginning of the following pay period as established in the Collective Agreement in section 5.03.
The following pay period in this case will be March 6th, 2022 to March 19th, 2022 on the paycheque of March 30th, 2022.

In Solidarity,
Satya
District 300 Chair


UPDATES

Wednesday March 9, 2022

INVOL LOA

For our members who are currently on the Involuntary LOA, the company has sent out an email on Monday March 7, 2022 regarding instructions on your return to work. Please see below for key dates.

…we wish to advise you that in order to maintain your employment and return from leave you must, prior to April 16, 2022, obtain and report proof either of (1) your being fully vaccinated by May 1, 2022 or (2) your having received the first dose of a vaccine prior to April 16, 2022, followed by May 1, 2022 with documented proof of an appointment for a second dose (for vaccinations which require two doses).  In either case, once you are fully vaccinated and have reported your proof of it your manager will be in contact with you about your return to active duty.

Asia Desk Roadshow

On March 17th and March 30th 2022, the company will be hosting an in person and virtual roadshow for any members who are interested in bidding the Asia Desk in the upcoming shift bid. Please check your company email for more information.

Upcoming shift Bid

The CRC will be meeting on March 15th and 16th 2022. Bid packages and bid times are scheduled to be released by the company after March 16th 2022 and the upcoming shift bid is scheduled on March 22nd and 23rd 2022. The new bid will commence on April 3rd 2022 and end on June 4th, 2022 (date is subject to change due to operational requirements).

Please remember to fill out your shift bid form/proxy   form and send a copy to Cathy by email at res.operations-yyz@aircanada.ca and a copy to the Union by email at d300info@gmail.com. Deadline is Monday March 21, 2022 at 0800. If you fail to miss your bid time for any reason and did not hand in a shift bid/proxy form, you will be awarded a line at the end of the bid.

In Solidarity,

Satya

District 300 Chair


https://www.unifor.org/news/all-news/statement-international-womens-day-2022



Personal Electronic Devices

Monday March 7th, 2022

It has come to the Unions attention that our members have been found watching movies and surfing the internet during work. This is considered as thief of company time and the company will be able to discipline accordingly. Please familiarize yourselves with the company’s policy on Acpedia under Contact Centre Standards and Expectations:

In line with the Air Canada Information Security Policy, and with the intent to minimize the likelihood and impact of information security breaches, use of non-company issued/unauthorized electronic devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops, MP3 players, etc.) in non-designated areas, including the contact centre floor, is strictly not permitted. These devices must be out of sight at all times while on the contact centre floor. Furthermore, use of personal electronic devices is a distraction from taking great care of our customers, who deserve our full attention.

Auditors will be visiting the office in the coming weeks and we hope our members will show compliance to avoid any disciplinary action from the company.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the union at d300info@gmail.com.

In Solidarity,

Satya


District 300 Chair.



A message from your
Ontario Regional Director

Friday February 18, 2022

Good evening everyone,

I will be away from the office next week, Vice Chair Sandra Neary will be covering the Union office. Sandra can be reached at 416-637-0260 or by email: d300info@gmail.com.

Just a couple of friendly reminders:

Manager meetings

Know your rights, when attending a managers meeting you may request the presence of a Union rep if needed. Your meetings will be posted in totalview ahead of time.

Pay Increase

On February 28th, 2022  everyone will see a pay increase.  This will be reflected on your March 16th, 2022 paycheque.

Upcoming Shift Bid

The current Shift bid is scheduled to end on Saturday April 2nd, 2022. The company has advised that we will be bidding sometime in March. Bid day and times will be announced at a later time. 

Vacation Reconciliation Key Dates:

First vacation statement will be issued on                      March 11th, 2022.

Time Bank deduction on paycheque of                           March 19th, 2022.

Final confirmation of your statement                             April 13th, 2022.

Air Canada payout/Employee deduction on pay of     April 27th, 2022

Equalization ART. 6.14

Any member who was on a 5×3 on the last shift bid the company will calculate the originally scheduled work hours within the last schedule. Employees will be debited or credited at straight time for any hours that are in excess of or less than the standard work week as defined in Article 6.01.01.

This is schedule to happen on the paycheque of  March 16th, 2022.

CERB 2020

Recently a few members have received an email from the company regarding pension buyback. Anyone who was on the CERB program in 2020 prior to layoff has the extended opportunity to buyback their pension by May 1, 2022. Please refer back to the email sent by the company or contact the union office for more details.

In Solidarity,

Satya

District Chair 300


Winter storm warning for Toronto

A winter storm affecting Montreal and Toronto will begin in the evening of Thursday, February 17, 2022, and will last until early Friday morning.

Due to the accumulation of snow, highways, roads, sidewalks, and parking lots may become difficult to navigate.

If you are scheduled to work in-office, make sure you take the necessary precautions to arrive on time and safely.

Superflex will be considered for those who may arrive late due to the storm.


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Air Canada language program shines light on divisive culture
February 4, 2022
Air Canada portrays itself as a company that welcomes diversity and respects individuality. However, the new Contact Centre Incentive Program is offensive, divisive, and discriminatory. It offers Shine Points to those who would participate in the “Program” and are willing to commit to speaking select languages (supplementary to English and French). The company suggests that this incentive program is to “support our global customers”. If so, the priorities should be to repatriate all worldwide contact centre work back to Canada, and eliminate Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), a major anxiety for our members that may hinder decent customer service. The one-time offer of Shine Points is disrespectful, implying that an employee who does not have the ability to speak another language is not worthy of a reward. Air Canada management has created yet another division within its work culture. A discussion with the union to improve the ability to link customers with the many employees that have the language abilities to serve our global customers, would be a better approach. Air Canada forgets that the language in the current collective agreement (found in Letter of Understanding No. 6 concerning Route Language) states that no more than 25% of functional requirements at each location is required. Skill-setting agents to speak multiple languages violates this provision. Unifor strongly opposes this ill-conceived incentive program, and calls on the company to withdraw it immediately. The union is asking Air Canada, genuinely, to encourage diversity and respect individuality.    In solidarity, Air Canada Bargaining Committee
Steve Murphy – Pacific Region
Joanne Goulet – Interim Chairperson, Western Region
David Peng – Central Region
Benoit Lapointe – Eastern Region
Cheryl Robinson – Atlantic Region
Tammy Moore – President, Unifor Local 2002
Frances Galambosy – Unifor National Service Representative, Airline Sector
Leslie Dias – Unifor Director, Airlines Sector

Return to Work Reminders

Tuesday February 1, 2022

Anyone who returned to work from layoff status last year and is currently on the B Scale,

there are two scheduled pay increase each year. One on February 28th 2022 and the second

is scheduled for your new anniversary date. If you have not been advised of your new

anniversary date, please check My Career History found on the hr Connex page. If there’s

any discrepancies, please reach out to the: Employee Care Team

Phone: 1 (833) 847-3675 Email: people.employes@aircanada.ca.

In Solidary,

Satya

District Chair 300


For Unifor, Black History Month isn’t an event we only acknowledge in February.

This year, Canada recognizes Black History Month as February and Forever: Celebrating Black History Today and Every Day.

The Canadian government first recognized Black History Month in December 1995 in the House of Commons, following a motion introduced by the Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine.

Unifor has long been advocating that it is vital to acknowledge and recognize Black members everyday.

As a union, we featured Black members from locals for the past few years and allowed the different regions to see the remarkable leadership within our union.

We are committed to more than statements and more than a month of solidarity. We know that Black Canadians have made tremendous contributions and possess the skills, talents, intelligence, innovation and determination to have meaningful impacts within Unifor, across Canada and throughout the world.

It is our daily choices and actions that matter.

This month, we ask our local unions and workplace union representatives to celebrate Black Unifor members and safely support community events.

We also ask them to recognize Black Unifor members, not only in February, but each day of the year, in order to combat anti-Black racism and to continue to remove barriers in institutions that prevent Black members from fully participating.

We need to ensure physical and emotional health for all Black Canadians and continue to celebrate, appreciate and acknowledge Black communities across the country.

Information about Black History Month events can be found here.


Webinar The History of the Freedom Seekers who Came to Canada -Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at 1900 EST

CANADA-WIDE EMERGENCY PHONE ACTION



Winter Storm

The company has advised that any member not feeling comfortable driving into work during the storm can UBER it to work and back home. Your UBER will be reimbursed by the company.

Superflex

During winter storms the company is aware that some members will be Late for their shift, you will be able to Superflex(beyond the usual 15 mins). Please call Resops at 416-637-0622 to advise that you will be late for your shift. Once you arrive at work you are required to send an email to res.operations-yyz@aircancada.ca and advise that you will be flexing the missing time at the end of your shift or will be not.


In Solidarity,

Satya 

District 300 Chair




Shift Bid

Friday January 14, 2022

Good evening,

The company has posted the shift bids which 

Can be found in your company emails. 

I encourage all members to submit a Shift Bid

Form/Proxy Forms send a copy to both the Recourse

Department at res.operations-yyz@aircanada.ca

and to the Union at d300info@gmail.com. Deadline is

0700 on January 20, 2022.

In Solidarity,

Satya



Vacancies/Transfers

December 7, 2021

Greeting everyone,

The company has declared vacancies in the Toronto Base and at this time I encourage anyone who is interested in transferring out of Toronto Reservations to submit your transfer request through the Acaeronet portal under eHR kiosk – Unifor – e transfer.

Please keep in mind to be eligible for a transfer you must complete your residency at the Call Centre. 24 months of residency for any members who was hired at YTO or anyone who transferred into Res from the Airport or CJM and 12 months residency for members recalled from layoff status. Transfer request are valid for 12 months and will need to be revalidated in order to stay eligible.

The company will be taking a snapshot of the transfer list at any time and it’s up to each member to have their transfers request updated.

The snapshot will also be used to action the Reciprocal Transfers and Change of Status Lists. Reciprocal is a transfer from airport to airport or Call Centre to Call Centre only. As per L14.02.03 Reciprocal Transfers and Change of Status will be effective on March 1st 2022.

Anyone interested in the Phase in Program is also encouraged to submit their requests. The next window of opportunity will be in September.

A reminder that we will be bidding our new schedules on January 20-21. The company will be sending the bid packages to your company emails which will include a link to follow the live bid on SharePoint. You will be required to fill out a shift bid form and a proxy form if you will be away during bid day. The Union will be calling all members who will be away from the office.

Deadline to apply for Transfers is 2359 on Sunday January 9, 2022. No EXCEPTIONS will be made. We strongly believe this is when the Snapshot will be taken. Please have your Transfers updated.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact myself or any Vice Chairs at d300info@gmail.com.

In Solidarity,

Satya

District Chair



Reminder

December 31, 2021.

Greetings everyone, 

Here’s a few quick reminders,

Everyone including WFH members are required to conduct a wellness assessment prior to beginning of your shift. If you fail the wellness check please call the attendance line at 1-800-755-6906 and advise that you have failed the Wellness assessment and will be using a sick day. If there is no answer please leave a detailed message stating your name, employee number, date and time of your shift. 

When calling in a sick day or family responsibility day, you must specify the reason of your call (sick or family care). For Family Care you need to clarify whom your taking the day for. E.g. Mother, Father, spouse or dependent child. Please keep it simple. 

Anyone applying for a FR Day to obtain a Vaccine boosters, must book the appointment during your shift time. Any appointments booked outside of your shift will be denied. 

WFH members are subject to the same policies. 

Please familiarize yourselves with the constantly changing covid-19 guidelines found on Acaeronet. 

GHO/VPP 2022

VPP Paycheque Deductions/

GHO hours added to Time Bank:

Will occur on First paycheque of January 2022 (paycheque January 05, 2022). 

Please check your paycheque if this was done correctly. 

MAY YOU HAVE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY

YEAR AHEAD! 

In Solidarity,

Satya

District chair 



December 24, 2021

Greeting everyone,

As the never ending covid 19 pandemic is still with us, I know some of you are thinking of getting YOUR booster shot for this flu season. The Company has agreed to continue using the Family Responsibility days for your Vaccine Date. At this time you cannot use the Family Responsibility Days to escort your family members for their Vaccine shot. This process is still under review and members are asked to use Family Care days if you need to take your dependent child, spouse or parents for their Covid 19 Vaccine or Booster doses.

The process to request the Family Responsibility Day for the vaccine is to send an email to res.operations-yyz@aircanada.ca and cc the union at d300info@gmail.com with the appointment date and attach your confirmed appointment. Once you have received your vaccine you are required to submit the confirmation of receiving the vaccine to both res ops and the union.

If you experience any side effects from the vaccine and cannot make it to work the following day you are required to call in sick.

A reminder to our WFH members, if you have come in contact or have tested positive for Covid 19, please send an email to res.operations-yyz@aircanada.ca to advise your situation. You are required to return to the workplace if you have computer issues.

If you’re having computer issues at home, the first process is to contact res ops at 1-(800)-755-6906 option 2 and leave a message including a call back number and the type of issues you’re experiencing. Next step is to contact the help desk at 1-866-274-5444 and your manager on teams.

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Christmas Holidays from all of us here at Unifor District 300.

Satya

District Chair





Upcoming Shift Bid





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









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GHO/VPP CONFIRMATION

Friday October 22,2021

Please check your company email regarding confirmation of your 2022 GHO/VPP request.

In Solidarity

Satya


PAY INQUIRES

Friday October 15, 2021

Greetings,

For Those of you who have recently been recalled back to the workplace, the Union is aware of the many pay discrepancies that is still happening. 

If you feel that you’re not at the correct pay scale please follow the steps:

  • Email employee care team at people.employes@aircanada.ca and cc the Union at d300info@gmail.com
  • If HR responds back to fix your pay no further steps 
  • If you feel that HR’s response is still incorrect then we will escalate the issue

It’s important to always cc the union when sending an email to HR so we are able to follow up and escalate any incorrect responses if needed

In Solidarity,

Satya


AIR CANADA CSSA: CLARIFICATION ON WAGE RATES

https://www.unifor2002.org/News-Room/Air-Canada/AC-Customer-Sales-and-Service/Air-Canada-CSSA-Clarification-on-Wage-Rates


UPCOMING SHIFT BIDS



Saturday October 9, 2021

The company is offering Groups Training commencing the following dates:

Monday October 18, 2021 and 

Monday November 15, 2021

Anyone who is interested please send an email to Julie White the group’s manager. 

This process will be done by seniority. 

In Solidarity 

Satya



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.

Just a reminder that everyone will be getting stat pay for September 30th. This is NOT included in the GHO program.


Results of the Vice Chair Elections


Our Future is Worth the Fight!

Hello,

Below you will find important information about events leading up to the World Day for Decent Work on October 7th .

The intent here is to mobilize young worker participation.

Please share this with your network and on social media. Thanks for your support.

Our Future Is Worth the Fight!

https://www.unifor.org/news/events/our-future-worth-fight

This fall, Unifor Young Workers are inviting you to participate in virtual events in the lead-up to the World Day for Decent Work on October 7, 2021.

In these difficult and trying times, Unifor Young Workers are proclaiming: Our future is worth the fight!

This virtual series will include one informal gathering for young workers, one webinar open to all members, and an email conference in which all interested members can participate. You will find more details and registration information for each virtual event below.

Local unions are encouraged to share this information with young workers in their membership. Please help us connect and reach out to as many young workers as possible in the coming weeks.

All events are free of charge.

Our future is worth the fight – Young Workers Zoom Gathering

Sunday, October 3, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Open to Unifor members who are 35 years old and under.

Young workers are invited to join us for a fun, bilingual, informal gathering to hear from active and engaged Unifor young workers committee members and other young workers from across the country.

Register here

Our future is worth the fight – Webinar open to all members

Join Unifor Young Workers to mark the World Day for Decent Work. This bilingual webinar will feature the voices of young workers, current activities and campaigns, and a very special launch you won’t want to miss! Allies welcome (no age limit)!

Wednesday, October 6, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Open to all Unifor members (no age limit!)

Register here

Unifor Young Workers Our Future Is Worth the Fight

Our future is worth the fight – Email conference

Sign up to receive two emails per day from October 3 to October 7. This pop-up newsletter will feature the voices of Unifor young workers, important updates on current issues and projects, and many tools to learn how you can be part of the fight for a better world for all. Allies welcome (no age limit)!

Sign up to the email conference here. You will receive two emails per day from October 3 

to 7.

We hope that you will join Unifor young workers as they carry our fight forward to the next generations.

For more information, contact Unifor’s Young Workers Liaison, Roxanne Dubois.

In Solidarity

Unifor Online Education 


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.


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.


DEADLINE TO APPLY IS SEPTEMBER 15,2021


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


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

Greetings,

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       

Overtime 

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.


COVID VACCINE UPDATE

https://www.unifor2002.org/News-Room/MISC/Unifor-Local-2002-Statement-on-mandatory-vaccinati



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 


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


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
grievances@unifor2002.org
Cell:(514) 701-6227


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:
    1-866-925-4419
    b. Missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Support Line:
    1-844-413-6649
    c. Hope for Wellness Help Line and Chat:
    1-855-242-3310
      
  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
President


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

PACIFIC REGION
Steve Murphy
Steve@unifor2002.org
Tel: (778) 773 0086

WESTERN REGION
Joanne Goulet
Joanne@unifor2002.org
Tel: (403) 461-2460

CENTRAL REGION
Frances Galambosy – Chairperson
Frances@unifor2002.org
Tel: (416) 770-5128

EASTERN REGION
Benoit Lapointe
Benoit@unifor2002.org
Tel: (514) 575-7479

ATLANTIC REGION
Tammy Moore
Tammy@unifor2002.org
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
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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


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

Background

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?

https://onlineeducation.unifor.org/webinars

Turtle island

Turtle Island Webinar Series Honouring Treaty Rights

https://onlineeducation.unifor.org/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