A message to cabin crew members of CUPE 4070

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As your newly elected President and Vice-President, we are both excited, and honoured to be able to communicate to you for the first time. Since we have now established the first two roles of our Local Executive, we agreed that it is imperative that we update you as to what has been going on behind the scenes, while you continue to elect and make your choices for the many critical positions remaining within our Local.

As we look ahead at the challenges that lie in wait, we want you to know that in the days since our respective elections, things have been moving forward quickly.

Earlier this week, Chris along with CUPE National Representative Aneen Albus met at the Campus in YYC with Jason Begley, Director Labour Relations and Andrea Caddigan, Manager Labour Relations for WestJet. The meeting was an opportunity for Chris to meet the Labour Relations team who will be representing the company as we build our Local, and on behalf of our members, build on the work that our CUPE National Representatives have been doing since certification. During the meeting, the company indicated that earning trust with our Local’s leadership and members is a priority for them, as we lay the foundation for our working relationship, and ultimately the collective bargaining process. On behalf of the membership, we reciprocated the desire to work respectfully, and towards the building of earned trust between the company and our CUPE team.

We are currently working with WestJet to negotiate schedule release parameters for our Bargaining Committee and Executive, as well as for CUPE specific union training for other elected members. We are committed to the concept that all executive team members (President and Vice-President included) will continue to fly the line and we are working through a detailed plan for balancing the schedules of those elected to the Bargaining Committee and the Local Executive.

Training dates are being set, some of which are already scheduled for January and February. Proper channels of communication are being organized as we setup our Local for the very first time.

Next week, Chris will be attending a full-day of meetings in YVR with the Presidents of all other CUPE airline Locals from across Canada. As an elected CUPE President he will, for the first time in our history, be able to officially network, share and discuss the operating environments of our workgroup as well as those of our cabin crew brothers and sisters from across almost every major carrier in Canada.

We jointly commit to keeping communication with all of you, the membership, top-of-mind as we move forward with the work ahead.

In solidarity,

Chris Rauenbusch. CUPE Local 4070, President
Jamie Loiselle, CUPE Local 4070, Vice-President


Election for Secretary Treasurer

The CUPE 4070 election for Secretary Treasurer continues.  Polls are open until Monday December 3rd at 6:00 pm Mountain.

The candidates are:

Girard, JP More information
Sutaria, Kruti More information
MacLean, Riley More information
Wilcox, Kimberley More information


Make sure to vote!


Next election: Recording Secretary

The next election is for the position of Recording Secretary. Polls are open from Tuesday December 4th at 6:00 am to Monday December 10th at 6:00 pm (all times Mountain Standard).

The candidates are:

Di Virgilio, Marco More information
MacDonald, Elyse More information


Ballot trouble?

If you are a member in good standing, you should receive an email inviting you to vote on the Tuesday morning each ballot starts. If you don’t receive one, please check your junk/spam mail.  If you still can’t find it, contact returning officer Lou Arab at larab@cupe.ca and he will make sure you get to vote.

For all elections, you must be a CUPE member to vote. If you have not yet signed a membership card and paid your $5 initiation fee, you can do so on line here: https://westjet.cupe.ca/mainline-membership/. Non-members who sign up before Friday at 5:00 pm MST will get a chance to vote in the election that ends the following Monday evening.