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Canada Needs a Plan for Aviation

Letter to the Prime Minister on improving access to COVID-19 supports.


Dear Prime Minister,

RE: Improving access to COVID-19 supports, including by waiving certain aspects of the Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights agreement and other federal supports

As Canadian affiliates to the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), a global union representing the interests of 20 million workers in 150 countries, we are urging the Government of Canada to support a special waiver under the WTO’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement enabling greater access to COVID-19 supports for all nations.

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Unifor welcomes Air Canada relief package


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.

Letter to Premiers regarding airport worker vaccination


Monday, April 12, 2021


The Honourable Andrew Furey, M.H.A., F.R.C.S.C., Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Honourable Iain Rankin, M.L.A., Premier of Nova Scotia
The Honourable Blaine Higgs, M.L.A., Premier of New Brunswick
The Honourable Dennis King, M.L.A., Premier of Prince Edward Island
The Honourable François Legault, M.N.A., Premier of Quebec
The Honourable Premier Ford, M.P.P., Premier of Ontario
The Honourable Brian Pallister, M.L.A., Premier of Manitoba
The Honourable Scott Moe, M.L.A., Premier of Saskatchewan
The Honourable Jason Kenney, P.C., M.L.A., Premier of Alberta
The Honourable John Horgan, P.C., M.L.A., Premier of British Columbia

Dear Premiers,

Re: Prioritizing front-line airport workers in the vaccine roll-out

Unifor represents hundreds of thousands of members across the country, including countless heroes on the frontlines of the pandemic, some of whom have tragically succumbed to COVID-19. We understand firsthand how important it is to accelerate current vaccination efforts to protect Canadian workers and place our economy back on solid footing.

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Joint letter to Federal Ministers re: Industry and Labour Involvement in Aviation Policy Measaures


January 21, 2021

Via Email

The Honourable Omar Alghabra, P.C, M.P., Minister of Transport
The Honourable Bill Blair, P.C, M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
The Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C. M.P., Minister of Health
The Honourable Marc Garneau, P.C. M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Honourable Marco Mendicino, P.C. M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Mr. Iain Stewart, President, Public Health Agency of Canada

Dear Ministers & Mr. Stewart:

We are writing concerning the statements by the Prime Minister on January 19, 2021, that additional measures may be implemented concerning airline travel to and from Canada, as a result of the pandemic.

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Letter to Deputy Prime Minister Freeland Re: Strong, enforceable conditions on corporate support packages


December 15, 2020

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6



Dear Deputy Prime Minister Freeland,

As we approach the holiday season, it’s hard to escape the reality that it has been more than nine months since the federal and provincial governments began enacting various emergency measures and other public safety protocols in response to the COVID-19 crisis. We have experienced historic, unprecedented social, public health and economic shocks, and no aspect of Canadian society has been unaffected.

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Letter to Premier Ford re: Rapid Testing at Airports


December 15, 2020

Honourable Doug Ford, Office of the Premier
Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON M7A 1A1

Dear Premier Ford,

I was pleased to read of your support for the addition of rapid testing to the safe and healthy border control measures here in Ontario.

Unifor has been advocating for a full-blown industry support package for the air transportation industry since the start of the pandemic and subsequent border closures. With a 96% drop in GDP between February and April of this year and no healthy rebound in sight, the air transportation industry is poised to be the industry most heavily affected by the pandemic and subsequent economic crisis.

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Air Traffic Specialist Association: Flight Service Specialists needed at Castlegar’s airport


Submitted by Elizabeth O’Hurley, President Air Traffic Specialists Association of Canada

It is important for people to understand the impact that Flight Service Specialists (FSS) have on aviation safety and efficiency at the West Kootenay Regional Airport.

It is especially important, because Nav Canada, Canada’s air-navigation service provider, is considering closing Castlegar Flight Service Station.

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