Union For Pilots & FA’s Calls For Financial Aid Package

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw


Unifor is calling on the federal government to ensure any financial aid package for the air transportation sector emphasizes workers. 

"People and business have made extraordinary efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the air transportation industry is no exception," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. 

"Since day one of the COVID-19 crisis, air transportation workers have put their health on the line to safely bring Canadians home and we are calling on the federal government to not leave air transportation workers behind." 

On 23MAR, 2020, Unifor sent a letter to the federal government demanding that financial aid packages must be accompanied by strong, enforceable conditions for maintaining income for current employees and creating employment, and not enriching executives through bonuses. 

"Government support for the air transportation industry is critical at this time to ensure our transportation sector remains strong, resilient and ready for takeoff when the time finally comes," said Dias. 

Unifor has requested a virtual meeting with Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau to discuss possible solutions in assisting the air transportation industry and its workers. 

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

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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