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Canada’s Unions deliver clear priorities for federal airline relief package
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2020
OTTAWA – Today, Canada’s airline unions met with the Minister of Finance and Minister of Transportation to share the concerns of aviation industry workers and to provide solutions to ensuring the sector’s viability. Chief among their priorities is to ensure that any federal financial aid package responds to the needs of workers still on the job as well as the thousands of airline employees recently laid off.
Representing 40,000 employees, Canada’s airline unions participating in the meeting included the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Unifor, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) Canada, the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) as well as the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).
“A key priority for today’s call was to ensure that front-line aviation employees still working have the appropriate personal protective equipment,” said CLC President Hassan Yussuff. “This includes pre-board screeners, flight crews, and passenger agents who are working to ensure the safety of both employees and the traveling public.”
Union leaders urged the federal government to consider measures similar to those in US Congress where affected airline and airport workers are to be provided top up benefits similar to those in US Congress where 80% of wages are guaranteed. The Unions also proposed that employers extend health benefit plans and ensure pensionable service is accrued under retirement plans. Moreover, they also wanted to ensure that any federal aid allows laid-off employees to return to payroll and maintains employment levels.
Unions also asserted that any government support be accompanied by tight restrictions on executive compensation. This includes bonuses and stock options, share buybacks and dividend payments, as well as debt repayment designed to increase shareholder value.
“Air travel is a vital part of Canada’s transportation network and economy, and the success of any federal financial aid package will require worker supports,” added Yussuff. “Canada’s unions welcome the federal government’s efforts to work with Labour to ensure the airline industry will continue to flourish into the future.”
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Responding to COVID-19
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As our government continues working to protect the health and economic security of British Columbians, John Horgan expressed his gratitude to the people making a difference at this time:
“Whether you work in healthcare, stock grocery store shelves, or help keep one of the many other essential services going for British Columbians: Thank you!”
“By doing what’s right, staying calm, and looking out for one another, we’ll discover how strong we are when we work together.”
This past Thursday, March 19 marked both the first day of spring and Nowruz – commonly known as Persian New Year.
John Horgan: “Nowruz is a time of renewal that embraces new beginnings while old chapters close. This year, many families may choose to celebrate Nowruz differently as people take precautionary steps to protect their health and the health of others.”
“No matter how people choose to celebrate Nowruz this year, I wish you a joyous new year blessed with health, happiness, and prosperity. Norouzetan Pirouz!”
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New Tenant Protections Welcome, But More Action Still Needed
The VDLC Executive Board welcomes the announcements made on March 25th by the Provincial Government. These announcements included a freeze on rent increases, additional restrictions on landlord access to suites and, perhaps most significantly, a moratorium on evictions.
These are important first steps to ensuring housing security for people in our province during this pandemic. However, instead of the moratorium on rent, which was called for by several advocacy groups, a rent subsidy of up to $500 will be issued to landlords and can then be applied for by the tenant.
It is our view that this does not go far enough. Many tenants will find themselves unable to pay their rent during this crisis, even if they receive the subsidy in full. This is particularly true given that this pandemic is occurring in the context of a pre-existing housing and affordability crisis. While those tenants cannot legally be evicted under the new protections announced by government, they could see themselves falling into mounting rent debt which will place them in an even more precarious financial position and/or lead to potential evictions post-pandemic.
Similarly, we still need action by the Federal Government to place a moratorium on mortgages during this time. Many homeowners will simply not be able to make their mortgage payments due to loss of income related to this pandemic. The current situation of deferred payments is not enough. Financial institutions are allowing the deferral of payments, but often in a way that can substantially increase interest. The additional costs incurred as a result of this may be difficult or impossible to make up for many homeowners. A moratorium would also protect homeowners who rely on income from tenants which would not be forthcoming in the event of a rent moratorium.
In both the case of tenants and homeowners, without additional action people will be placed in situations of housing precarity and/or financially debilitating debt. Housing is a human right and must be protected during this crisis. We also need swift action by all levels of government to ensure safe housing the homeless and protect against the spread of COVID-19 amongst highly vulnerable communities.
We are therefore calling for a rent and mortgage moratorium for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, and for safe and secure housing for all.
More information on how a rent and mortgage moratorium would work is available from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives here: https://www.policynote.ca/
You can sign a petition by LeadNow and BCGEU calling for a rent and mortgage moratorium here: https://act.leadnow.ca/
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Three tweets from Dr. Teresa Tam #PhysicalDistancing
1/3 Ok Canada, you said it #PhysicalDistancing is the new #SocialDistancing! We need to ↑ physical distance but NOT ↓ our virtual social interactions. Therefore, going forward I will be using #PhysicalDistancing. #COVID19 #TogetherApart
2/3 Practice #PhysicalDistancing by: Keeping 2 metres ↔ from others at all times; For those who have no symptoms – it’s okay to walk in the fresh air but the 2 metre-rule still applies, always, everywhere.
3/3 #PhysicalDistancing is not enough on its own. Pair with: disinfecting high touch surfaces, #WashYourHands frequently and only virtual socialising (no visits, no playdates) to #FlattentheCurve #PlanktheCurve #COVID19
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International Labour Organization: COVID-19 and world of work: Impacts and responses
This note offers the ILO’s preliminary assessment concerning the possible
impacts of COVID-19 on the world of work and proposes a range of policy
options to mitigate these impacts and facilitate strong and fast recovery