MAINLINE – As mentioned in previous messages, there are a number of upcoming events and votes of concern to CUPE members employed by WestJet.
Telephone Town Hall Wednesday October 3rd at 4:30 pm MDT
Members in good standing will be called on their personal phones and invited to participate in this call. During this call, CUPE Representatives will outline the proposed by-laws about to be put to you for approval. We will also discuss other upcoming developments.
Shortly after that meeting, a link to the draft bylaws will be sent to the personal email address of the members in good standing.
Electronic bylaw ratification
Voting to approve the bylaws will be done electronically between October 4th 6:00 am MDT and October 10th 6:00 pm MDT. Members in good standing will receive electronic notices on their personal emails on the 4th. If you do not receive an email ballot – contact Acting Chief Returning Officer, Lou Arab at email@example.com.
If you are a member in good standing and have not yet given CUPE a personal email address, please do so here: https://westjet.cupe.ca/confirmation/
A note on membership and voting rights, and what a member in good standing is, please read carefully
Not all WestJet employees covered by the CUPE certification are CUPE members yet.
Canadian labour law gives employees the ability to be union members. Under what is known as the ‘Rand formula’ non-members covered by a union certification must pay dues, and they must receive all the benefits of the collective agreement and be served by the union.
However, non-members do not have the right to vote in CUPE elections, by-law ratification votes, or on approvals of a tentative contract.
If you are not a member yet and wish to be involved in your union, including voting rights and running in elections, you can:
1) Sign up online here: https://westjet.cupe.ca/mainline-membership/
2) Attend in person at one of the following CUPE offices listed below
3) Connect with an activist at your base
There is a $5 initiation fee. If you sign up soon, you will be able to participate in all CUPE activities.
If you signed a CUPE membership card during the organizing campaign or after, and paid the $5 initiation fee, you are a member of CUPE in good standing. If you are unsure if you are a member or not, feel free to contact Acting Chief Returning Officer, Lou Arab at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CUPE OFFICES WHERE YOU CAN SIGN A CUPE CARD
Peel Area Office
25 Watline Avenue, Suite 202, Mississauga, ON
Ontario Regional Office
80 Commerce Valley Drive E, Markham, ON
BC Regional Office
6222 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, BC
Calgary Area Office
240N 3015 5th Ave NE, Calgary, AB
Bylaws – why they are important
The word itself is pretty dull, right?
However, the bylaws of CUPE 4070 (WestJet Cabin Crew Members) are of critical importance.
They are the rules which govern how the local functions and they determine how the local conducts business.
The local needs bylaws to elect officers, a bargaining committee and other committees to effectively represent the members.
Passing local bylaws is the first and most important step you will make in establishing yourselves as a fully functional and self-sufficient CUPE local.
If you have friends and colleagues at Encore or Swoop, encourage them to sign their card to join CUPE today!