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Join us for a special May Day webinar: 01 May at 4 pm Eastern
Dear members,
May Day is known across the world as International Workers’ Day, a day to celebrate and honor the struggles and victories of the working class. This May Day comes as the COVID-19 pandemic still rages in many parts of the world. Frontline workers continue to face the threat of illness, contagion and death. Workers, especially young workers, are organizing their workplaces and fighting for the union protections they need in these times. We recognize that today’s struggles are shaped and influenced by the fights of yesterday. This May Day, the North American Solidarity Project is inviting union members, activists and allies to attend a webinar called Uniting Worker Voices from across North America. Workers from across the continent will share their experiences on the front line of today’s struggles, and special guest Professor Rosemary Feurer will bring a historical perspective on the labour movement. Professor Feurer is an associate professor in the Department of History at the Northern Illinois University. Over her career, Feurer has published a number of works of labour history, including two books: Against Labor: How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism, and Radical Unionism in the Midwest, a history of UE District 8. She has also long studied the life and work of renowned labor activist and agitator Mother Jones. The online exchange will take place on Saturday, May 1 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time on zoom. Advance registration is required. The North American Solidarity Project is a joint effort to transform the labour movement in North America based on democratic, militant, and social unionism, and true internationalism between workers in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Register here
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2009 Air Canada Share Trust Agreement

Pls note the other communication can be found in the Pension Category


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

Scholarship Application


AIR CANADA COVID-19 VACCINATION


FAQ – EARLY RETIREMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM UPDATED April 23, 2021

Earth Day 22 April

WEBINAR SIGN UP 22 April 2021 at 6 Pm EST

On April 22 we celebrate Earth Day.

This year, we mark Earth Day in a context where the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create an unfair burden on working people all over the world. As a trade union, we know all too well that the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the lives, livelihoods and well-being of working people in Canada and abroad. Similarly, the climate crisis, and our society’s failure to plan for it, will result in a disproportionate weight on working people, especially racialized communities and their families.

This is a day to reflect on the importance of our environment and the clear connection that it shares in the lifelong health of all of us and our families. As well, we recognize with solemn consideration how social activism, humanity and overall concern for a safe environment will ensure our victory over the threat of COVID-19 virus and all other global health challenges to the human race.

We are well aware of our need to build back a green economy and have recognized this in our Unifor Build Back Better campaign.

We are committed to making existing jobs more environmentally sustainable, while simultaneously advocating to create more decent-paying, full-time, safe and healthy green jobs in all sectors of society.

Our recent success in auto bargaining bringing billions of dollars of manufacturing investment to Canada for electric vehicles is proof of our commitment.

Our members demand that we protect their jobs and incomes. At the same time, our members also demand that we work hard to improve the environment. Both demands are reasonable ones and we understand we cannot accomplish this alone.

Therefore we have joined with other labour unions and climate justice organizations in Canada, the United States and Mexico working together to make a green economy reality.

The North American Solidarity Project is a joint effort to transform the labour movement in North America based on democratic, militant, and social unionism, and true internationalism between workers in the United States, Mexico and Canada. 

The North American Solidarity Project is inviting union members, activists and allies to attend an online exchange called COVID-19 to climate, workers respond to crisis.

The online exchange will take place on Thursday, April 22 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Zoom. Advance registration is required.

The panel will aim to define crisis as experienced by working people today. The panel will seek to envision what labour climate action looks like now and for future generations.

Register here


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

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.

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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

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.


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Relief Package

Unifor welcomes Air Canada 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.


Read Jerry Dias email to the Premiers : Prioritizing the Front-line Airport Workers

NEWS FLASH

Relief Package

Air Canada and Government of Canada Conclude Agreements on Liquidity Program

Today Air Canada announced that we have entered into a series of debt and equity financing agreements with the Government of Canada, which will allow Air Canada to access up to $5.879 billion in liquidity through the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) program.

“Air Canada entered the pandemic more than a year ago with one of the global airline industry’s strongest balance sheets relative to its size,” said Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer, in a press release issued earlier today. “We have since raised an additional $6.8 billion in liquidity from our own resources to sustain us through the pandemic, as air traffic ground to a virtual halt in Canada and internationally.”

“The additional liquidity program we are announcing today achieves several aligned objectives as it provides a significant layer of insurance for Air Canada, it enables us to better resolve customer refunds of non-refundable tickets, maintain our workforce and re-enter regional markets. Most importantly, this program provides additional liquidity, if required, to rebuild our business to the benefit of all stakeholders and to remain a significant contributor to the Canadian economy through its recovery and for the long term.

“As vaccine deployments ramp up, we continue to work with the Government of Canada on the evolution of safe and science-based test and quarantine relief measures with a view to safely restarting our sector,” Michael continued.  “We know that Canadians are looking forward to re-connecting with friends and family and taking those long-awaited vacations and business trips and we will be ready to safely connect Canadians within Canada and Canada to the world.”

The financial package provides for fully repayable loans that Air Canada would only draw down as required, as well as an equity investment, and is comprised of:

  • Gross proceeds of $500 million for Air Canada shares at a price of $23.1793 per share;
  • $1.5 billion in the form of a secured revolving credit facility at a 1.5% premium to the Canadian Dollar Offered Rate (CDOR); the facility is secured on a first lien basis by the assets of Aeroplan Inc., Air Canada’s shares in Aeroplan as well as certain assets of Air Canada, including certain intellectual property relating to the Aeroplan loyalty program;
  • $2.475 billion in the form of three unsecured non-revolving credit facilities of $825 million each with: the first, five-year tranche at a 1.75% premium to CDOR per annum; the second, six-year tranche at 6.5% per annum (increasing to 7.5% after 5 years); and the third, seven-year tranche, at 8.5% per annum (increasing to 9.5% after 5 years);
  • As part of the financial package, Air Canada issued an aggregate of 14,576,564 warrants exercisable for the purchase of an equal number of Air Canada shares, subject to customary adjustments, at a price of $27.2698 per share during a 10-year term, representing 10% of the total commitment available under the above secured and unsecured credit facilities; 50% of the warrants vested concurrently with the implementation of the credit facilities and the remaining 50% of the warrants will vest on a proportional basis to the amounts that Air Canada may draw under the above unsecured credit facilities;
  • Up to approximately $1.4 billion in the form of an unsecured credit facility tranche to support customer refunds of non-refundable tickets. The facility will have a seven-year term and carry an annual interest rate of 1.211%.

As part of the financial package, Air Canada has agreed to a number of commitments related to customer refunds, service to regional communities, restrictions on the use of the funds provided, employment and capital expenditures.  These include:

  • Beginning April 13, 2021, offering eligible customers who purchased non-refundable fares but did not travel due to COVID-19 since February 2020, the option of a refund to the original form of payment. In support of its travel agency partners, Air Canada will not retract agency sales commissions on refunded fares;
  • The resumption of service or access to Air Canada’s network for nearly all regional communities where service was suspended because of COVID-19’s impact on travel, through direct services or new interline agreements with third party regional carriers;
  • Restricting certain expenditures, and restricting dividends, share buybacks and senior executive compensation;
  • Obligations to maintain employment at levels which are no lower than those at April 1, 2021; and
  • The completion of the airline’s acquisition of 33 Airbus A220 aircraft, manufactured at Airbus’ Mirabel, Quebec facility. Air Canada has also agreed to complete its existing firm order of 40 Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Completion of these orders remains subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable purchase agreements.

In connection with the Government’s equity investment, Air Canada has agreed to provide customary registration rights. The Air Canada shares and warrants issued to the Government are subject to certain transfer restrictions as well as an exercise cap which limits the Government’s aggregate voting rights from the shares acquired pursuant to this investment (including upon any exercise of the warrants) to 19.99%.

Glossary of Terms and FAQ

Glossary of Terms

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF).
LEEFF is a program instituted by the Government of Canada to provide liquidity assistance in the form of interest-bearing term loans to large Canadian employers who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation (CEEFC).
CEEFC is a federal Crown corporation, incorporated in May 2020 and is wholly owned by Canada Development Investment Corporation, a parent Crown corporation. CEEFC is responsible for administering the Large Employer Emergency Funding Facility.
Revolving Credit Facility – An open-ended loan similar to a credit card.  The borrower (Air Canada) can withdraw and pay back up to the maximum value of the loan repeatedly for the duration of the loan.

Secured revolving credit facility – When a credit facility is secured, it means that the borrower (Air Canada) has provided a form of collateral to the lender (in this case, the Government of Canada) to back the loan.

Unsecured non-revolving credit facility – In an unsecured non-revolving loan facility, none of the borrower’s (Air Canada’s) assets are subject to liens in favour of the lender (Government of Canada).  However, because of the increased risk to the lender, interest rates are higher. In addition, with a non-revolving loan facility, once the borrower repays the loan, those funds cannot be borrowed again.

Canadian Dollar Offered Rate (CDOR) – A benchmark bank lending rate established every day based on submitted rates from a panel of banks active in the Canadian Banker’s Acceptance market.  This is used for calculating short term loans by banks and is currently about 0.45%.

Warrant – A warrant is a form of security that allows the warrant holder (in this case, the Government of Canada) to purchase company shares at a specific price within a specific period of time.  Warrants allow the warrant holder to leverage their investment and increase their return if the value of the borrower’s company increases as hoped.

FAQ

Q:  We keep saying that Air Canada went into this with a strong balance sheet.  We also raised an additional $6.8 billion this last year.  So why are we further borrowing from the Government of Canada?  Aren’t we going unnecessarily into more debt?
A:  We should be very proud that we entered this pandemic in such a strong position – and proud that the market had enough confidence in our ability to overcome that we were able to raise such a significant amount of money in the heart of this crisis.  These both bode very well for our recovery.

We view these loans as an added layer of insurance that, paired with our existing liquidity, enables us to better resolve customer refunds of non-refundable tickets, maintain our workforce and re-enter regional markets. Most importantly, this program provides additional liquidity, if required, to rebuild our business.

Q:  Some of the interest rates appear to be extremely high – particularly the three unsecured non-revolving credit facilities that have interest rates of CDOR plus 1.75, 6.5 and 8.5 per cent respectively.  And these rates rise even further over time.  Can’t we get better lending rates from the private market?
A:  These loans are unsecured which means there is more risk for the lender.  Furthermore, we are not obliged to avail ourselves of these loans.  If our business improves in such a way that we do not need to access them we won’t, and there will be no interest paid.  If we do decide to draw on these them, we can also repay them as quickly as we choose.

Q:  We’ve been talking about “sector support” all this time. How is this considered “support”, when it’s all loans that have to be repaid, some of them at high interest rates?  Is this really what we asked for?
A:  To be clear, Air Canada has never asked for a “bailout”, nor would we want to accept one.  We believe strongly that we can and should stand on our own two feet.  We were however looking for access to funding with reasonable terms as added insurance.  We believe we have successfully obtained both in reaching this agreement.

Q:  Does the new $500 million in Air Canada equity give the government influence or power in our decision making going forward or how we do business?
A:  That the Government of Canada is becoming a shareholder can be taken as a sign that they believe our company has a strong future and sees our shares holding their value and increasing over time.  The Government will be able to vote their shares like any other shareholder but also like with any other shareholder, their influence will be limited to their voting shares.  Their equity does not give them a majority vote. In fact, the Government’s investment (excluding warrants) will represent approximately 6% of all shares, with the warrants representing another approximately 4% (assuming they all vest and are exercised). 

Q:  What are LEEFF and CEEFC and what role do they play in these arrangements?
LEEFF stands for Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility and CEEFC for Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation.
A: LEEFF is a program instituted by the Government of Canada to provide liquidity assistance in the form of interest-bearing term loans to large Canadian employers who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and CEEFC is the federal Crown corporation responsible for administering LEEFF.​


Essential Worker Confirmation Letter for COVID-19 Vaccination

More Information Available on Aeronet


Vaccine Appointments –
For those of you interested in receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine being offered on Level 1 of YVRAP please be advised that Management needs minimum 1hr notice to preplan manpower. Thank you in advance. 


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Mental Health Webinar with Michael Landsberg
May 05, 2021 at 6:00pm (EASTERN TIME )

Unifor members are invited to participate in a 90 minute webinar with TSN host Michael Landsberg.

In Michael’s words, “Mental illnesses, like depression, are NOT self-inflicted, they are not choices, or weaknesses. They are as real as a tumour, but since we can’t scan them or biopsy them, many see them differently.”

The webinar will address issues of stigma and mental health particularly in the context of COVID-19. Michael Landsberg will deliver a presentation and engage in a question and answer period with members. Interpretation will be available in French and English.

Michael Landsberg is a mental health speaker and founder of #Sicknotweak. One of the best-known personalities in Canadian broadcasting, Landsberg has been with TSN since the network’s inception. He hosted Off the Record from its debut in 1997 to its finale in 2015 and is currently the co-host of TSN’s First Up.

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

https://onlineeducation.unifor.org/mental_health_webinar_with_michael_landsberg


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


Webinar Sign-Up
Supporting a Member After Suicide Loss

Open to all Unifor members.

Postvention IS prevention. What we do in the aftermath of suicide, how we support one another (or don’t), and what resources people are aware of, will either increase safety, or heighten future risk.

Led by ASIST-trainer, TEDxUW speaker, President of Life Voice Canada, and suicide-bereaved Shawna Percy, this interactive virtual workshop will explore:

  • Language around suicide and suicide loss
  • How to support people through turbulent times
  • What can we say after suicide has happened?
  • What we can do to mitigate future risk of suicide
  • What resources are available?

The workshop will run for 90 minutes. However, our facilitator will stay on after the 90 minutes to answer any additional questions that arise.

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

https://onlineeducation.unifor.org/supporting_a_member_after_suicide_loss


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. ***                                                                                 

Let’s Save our Industry Sign the Petition

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

Message from Don Ross Unifor 2002

Aviation Recovery



Aviation Recovery
From: Don Ross, Unifor 2002 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



TIME IS TICKING  SIGN THE PETITION 

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


IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING GIDIP

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Message from Your District Chair, Cathy (Reconciliation) -04 March

Vacation Equalization for 2020 – 04Mar
First vacation statement issued ……………………. Mar 12/2021
Timebank deduction (if you owe) ………………… Apr 14/2021 
Air Canada payouts/Employee deductions ….. Apr 28/2021

Please check your AC email for a detailed explanation and go to HR connex after 
Mar12th to view your Vacation statement. 


Message from Your District Chair, Cathy Wear your Mask – 24FEB


As highly infectious strains of Covid-19 circulate please remember to wear your mask at all times unless you are eating or drinking. Socializing in the lunchroom/North Leads office/Jazz office or badging out are not acceptable moments to be mask-less.  Stay safe !! 


Message from Your District Chair, Kathy Wage Increase -22FEB

Our yearly negotiated wage increase will be effective Sunday Mar 7th as it is the beginning of the next pay period.


Message from Your District Chair, Kathy STOC CONX DESK – 19FEB

Due to Covid-19 the Stoc Conx Desk 1 year lock in has been suspended until further notice.


Message from Your District Chair, Kathy Racism – 29 jan

Racism – 29Jan
The Union and Company have zero tolerance towards racism. It has no place in our work environment. What some may think is funny, can be deeply offending to others. Lets respect and celebrate diversity and keep an open mindedness towards other cultures. 


Air Canada CSSA update on joint planning committee process
In December, 2020, Air Canada applied to the Minister of Labour for a waiver of the Group Termination provisions of the Canada Labour Code pertaining to members who were laid off earlier in 2020. The Employer was arguing that they should not have to follow the Canada Labour Code provisions due to the pandemic. Unifor, along with other Air Canada unions filed objections to this application. In mid-February, 2021, Air Canada’s application for the waiver was denied by the Minister of Labour. Per the Labour Code requirements, Air Canada posted the Notice of Group Termination on February 16th in all of the work locations. As the waiver has been denied, Air Canada is mandated to form a joint planning committee with each of the unions involved. Your Air Canada Bargaining committee will form the Unifor Local 2002 component of the joint committee. The joint planning committee is formed to develop an adjustment program to try to eliminate the necessity for the termination of employment, to minimize the impact of the termination of employment on the redundant employees and to assist those employees in obtaining other employment. In the event the joint committee is not able to agree on the process or terms required to facilitate the mandate of the committee, an arbitrator can be requested by either component of the committee, not earlier than March 26th. The role of the arbitrator is to assist the joint planning committee in the development of an adjustment program and to resolve any matters in dispute respecting the adjustment program. Your bargaining committee will be attending the first joint planning committee meeting with Air Canada on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. While we are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to mitigate more of the current layoffs and assist members that wish to move on to alternate employment, we also know that with the sheer volume of members currently on layoff status, we will not be able to mitigate 100% of the layoffs. We will update you with additional information once we meet with the employer.    In solidarity, Your Air Canada Bargaining CommitteeFrances 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