January 16, 2019
To all CUPE 4060 members,
Two weeks into January, we hope that your New Year has started off well! Your
Executive committee is committed to providing you with as much information as
possible to keep you updated on union issues. We are also going to provide education
material in our communications that all workers can benefit from.
Vice-President By-election and Elections Committee
As some of you may already know, Vice-President of Local 4060, Cait Neufeld, has
stepped down from her elected position. We thank Cait for her involvement and time
she put in for the Local 4060 membership. With the vacancy, your bylaws (which can
be found on 4060.cupe.ca) require that a by-election be held and the elected member
serve for the remainder of the current term.
Do you know someone who would make a great candidate? If you do, nominations will
be called on the last week of January with the elections held the following week. We
have attached the nomination form for your convenience. Please note that forms
require BOTH a nominator AND nominee, their contact info, and their signatures to be
valid. Duties of the Vice-President can also be found in the bylaws. If you have a
question about the duties of the VP or anything else regarding elections, do not hesitate
to contact CUPE Representatives Debbie (email@example.com) or Sanford
We also have a vacancy in our Elections Committee that we need to fill. This is an
appointed position. If you are interested to help oversee the elections and ensure they
are run fairly, let your executive, Debbie, or Sanford know as well!
Health and Safety Facts:
Health and Safety facts for new and young workers
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New and young workers are more likely to be injured during the first six months of
employment than at any other time. Between 2014 and 2016, at least 73 workers
between the ages of 15 and 24 years died from work-related injuries. In 2016 alone,
more than 29,000 young workers were hurt badly enough to miss work. 1 The key to
protecting new and young workers is to educate them on their rights, and the questions
they can ask to stay safe.
Why are new and young workers at increased risk?
All people are at particular risk of injury in the first six months of a job as they may be
unaware of existing or potential risks. There is a direct relationship between the number
of years’ experience and the number of injuries that happen on the job.
• New and young workers may lack experience and may be required to perform
tasks they are not familiar with.
• They are usually unaware of their rights, and may be afraid to raise concerns
about health and safety issues for fear that they might lose their job.
• They are often given the more tedious and even dangerous jobs that no one
wants to do.
• They may be eager to impress or please people with whom they work.
• They may not have reached physical maturity and therefore lack the strength
• Other job-related factors include lack of training and supervision, unsafe
equipment, stressful conditions and working too quickly.
Knowing your rights
All provinces and the federal jurisdiction have an Occupational Health and Safety Act
and regulations that provide fundamental rights to Canadian workers while they are
performing their jobs.
1 AWCBC National Work Injury, Disease and Fatality Statistics, 2014-2016
The three basic rights are:
• The right to refuse unsafe work.
• The right to participate in the workplace health and safety activities through Joint
Health and Safety Committees or as a worker health and safety representative.
• The right to know, or the right to be informed about, actual and potential dangers
in the workplace.
Questions to ask your new employer
To start things off on the right foot, ask your new employer to give you a health and
safety orientation to your worksite. Here are some questions to ask:
1. What are the hazards of my job?
By law, your employer must tell you about hazards at the workplace. Also, not all
hazards affect you right away. Exposure to high noise levels over time can lead to
hearing loss. Working with radiation, dusts and chemicals can increase your risk of
diseases like cancer. Your employer must tell you about these “hidden” hazards as well.
2. What training will I receive?
Everyone needs training and to have their job duties or tasks explained to them. Your
employer must make sure you have the knowledge to safely do your work. This includes
being told about all hazards in your workplace. For example, if you are required to work
with or near any hazardous chemicals, your employer will have to provide you with the
3. What are some hazards to watch out for?
While it is impossible to list all of the hazards you will find in your workplace, a few that
are the most commonly reported airline hazards that lead to incidents are:
Ergonomic related hazards:
• Manual material handling – moving heavy carts, containers and passenger
luggage frequently lead to arm, shoulder, back and neck injuries.
• A number of the task you do are repetitive, and can lead to injuries developing
Turbulence – if turbulence hits and you are not close to your jump seat, it may be safer
to just sit on the ground till it is safe to move.
Lack of safety procedures at layover (secure processes for check in room security and
travel around foreign cities).
Violence and Harassment – New laws are coming into effect to reduce violence and
harassment. If you experience these, report to your supervisor, or follow the other
company procedures that should be in place.
4. What do I do if I get hurt?
All airlines have specific procedures to follow if you are hurt. If you are unsure about any
of these ask. It’s better to know before something happens than trying to figure it out in
5. Who do I go to with safety concerns?
When something happens at work, and you don’t think it’s been handled correctly, or
you see something that doesn’t seem safe, don’t be afraid to report it. Typically, you
would start by speaking to your supervisor about these concerns. CUPE members with
a safety concern that their supervisor won’t address or take seriously should speak to
their union steward and/or a member of their workplace health and safety committee.
Is your workplace unsafe?
Though it is the primary responsibility of your employer to provide a healthy and safe
workplace, we must not be complacent. Being aware of what’s going on around you
may help to determine whether you should be concerned about health and safety in
your workplace. Here are some signs that your workplace may be unsafe:
• Other workers are being injured on the job.
• You’re working without direct supervision.
• You haven’t been trained properly.
• Equipment is unguarded and/or broken.
• Containers of chemicals aren’t labeled.
• Safety shortcuts are used to save time or money.
• Poor housekeeping and maintenance (like slippery floors or broken carts) are
present and not fixed when reported.
Ways to protect yourself at work
• Learn about your rights and obligations under the Canada Labour Code.
• Take advantage of the training you are given, and learn to do the job safely.
• Don’t perform tasks or use equipment that you have not been trained to use.
• Think the job through – know what to do when there is an injury or emergency.
• Get help, especially if you have to lift something heavy or are not sure how to do
a task that may be dangerous.
• Wear the safety gear that is required to do your job safely.
• Tell your supervisor if you see any hazards or violations.
• Talk to your coworkers, friends and even your family about your job. They might
know something you don’t!
Remember, it is the employer’s obligation to provide you with a safe place to
work. If you have concerns that are not being addressed, please contact your
local for assistance.
Happy and safe flying!!!