The operation of many airlines provides an essential service to the northern municipalities. These airlines must continue to operate, even though demand for their passenger services has declined significantly. Any aid package must pay special attention to these companies and ensure that they can continue to provide wages and benefits under collective agreements and employment contracts. Under the previous contract, employees hired after 2016 were paid less. These members will see a salary increase of about 60% during the collective agreement. Message from the Unifor Local 2002 Elections Committee Love Unifor Local 2002 members, No one could have foreseen the devastating effects that COVID-19 would have on the global aviation industry, let alone our daily lives. For many of us, the continuing economic impact near us has affected our jobs and our families. Many of our members are in a state of redundancy, while several units are completely closed in our restaurant, so many of us are thinking about what the future will bring us. In other cases, the pandemic has resulted in business reductions in our workplaces, resulting in reduced working hours and wages. With the pandemic rapidly sweeping across Canada, Unifor National (Local`s governing body 2002) extended the current mandate of the Local Executive Board in 2002. This was the right thing to do in the midst of the unfolding global crisis. Now, months later, we are still not unscathed from the pandemic. Many of our members remain unemployed, the economy is gradually recovering and COVID-19 remains a serious health threat.
However, we see signs that Canada is flattening the curve and that COVID-19 cases are fading in many provinces. TRIENNIAL ELECTIONS The regular three-year election cycle is scheduled this fall for district presidents, vice-presidents and health and safety representatives. These are the elections that take place every three years. This year, we are including on the list the elections that have been postponed. We will start in August 2020 and run until the end of October 2020. The electoral plan is communicated in advance, but you will also be informed (of course) if an election is held for your district or region by email.