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, to name a few. The union continues to push the federal government to act and create a plan to prevent the current crisis from collapsing the industry entirely.

Canada needs a plan to ensure the aviation industry is able to weather this storm and come out the other side intact. Any recovery strategy must focus on three main pillars: an updated approach to border controls that is rigorous, safe and reflects scientific evidence; an industry-specific corporate support package that ensures benefits flow through workers and communities and continued government support programs for furloughed employees until recovery is secured.

Unifor’s recommendations to recover and rebuild the Air Transportation sector are a part of our Road Map for a Fair, Inclusive and Resilient Economic Recovery – Unifor’s plan to Build Back Better. Find out more at buildbackbetter.unifor.org.


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  1. Letter to 9 Cabinet Ministers on March 23rd lobbying for a worker focused bailout package
  2. Letter to Ministers of Finance and Transport on May 7th asking for a meeting to discuss support for the industry
  3. Leave-behind for meeting with Minister of Transport on July 10th
  4. Open Letter from labour groups regarding a safe return to travel on a tourism industry supported website
  5. Op-ed in the Toronto Star regarding safe return to travel
  6. Letter to Ministers of Health, Transport and Finance regarding safe return to travel and corporate support packages
  7. Joint letter to Ministers Finance and Transport
  8. Media Release: Union leaders call on the government for urgent financial support for the aviation sector
  9. Media Release: Rapid COVID-19 test approval welcomed by aviation workers
  10. Media Advisory: Aviation workers take to streets of Toronto and Montreal to demand support
  11. A National Aviation Recovery Plan for Canada’s Aviation Industry
  12. Media Release: Canada’s airline workers continue to be devastated by lack of direct financial aid to sector
  13. Media Release: Airlines and unions urge cooperation as federal government considers potential new measure to reduce air travel
  14. Download social media shareable. Make sure to tag Minister Alghabra and let him know Canada needs a plan for aviation workers.
  15. Download facebook profile frame and show your support for aviation workers.
  16. Letter to the Prime Minister re Improving Access to COVID-19 Supports
  17. Unifor Response to Priority strategies to optimize testing and quarantine at Canada’s borders
  18. Letter to Minister Freeland re.: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy top-up for hardest hit sectors