In-flight health and safety – how CUPE can make a difference for you

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While we continue our organizing drive, we are hearing increased concerns about WestJet’s adoption of a new, wider, heavier service cart that doesn’t fit well in the aisles, has created ergonomic challenges, and which has increased the risk for flight attendant and passenger injuries.

Under the Part II of the Canada Labour Code, workers can file complaints to their employer under section 127. If the employer doesn’t resolve the complaint, it can be referred to the workplace health and safety committee.  CUPE has a number of training courses for health and safety, including a 2.5 day airline-specific training that focuses on helping our members navigate the often-complex airline regulations system to make their workplaces safer.

CUPE has worked with a number of our members’ airlines on solutions to ergonomics problems, including projects that have seen union ergonomics specialists travel on two airlines flights to observe, measure and make recommendations for improvements to the galleys and work processes.

In our last round of bargaining, we also achieved language to ensure that changes to service delivery don’t create increases to the flight attendant’s workload. We have regular meetings and cordial relationships with both regulators in charge of ensuring health and safety where major systematic concerns (such as fume events and fatigue) can be addressed at a regulatory level.

Representing members at ten different airlines across Canada, CUPE has the expertise and professionalism to work cooperatively with our members’ airlines to improve safety without compromising profitability. It’s a win-win for flight attendants, and something we look forward to bringing to serve WestJetters!

Take action today by signing a union card to join CUPE and bring yourself one step closer to a fair contract and fair representation at work.