February 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Air Canada Regional Women Advocates are a negotiated position in the collective agreement with Air Canada. The position is subject to review each time a collective agreement is ratified. Currently there is a vacancy for the Eastern Region.
The women's advocate provides referrals on issues such as sexual assault, domestic violence, suicide prevention, depression, pregnancy, stress, separation and divorce. The role of the women’s advocate is to listen and provide support, offer information and appropriate resources, follow up in a confidential manner.
For specific language regarding the women’s advocate position, please see the following:
19.13 WOMEN'S ADVOCATE POSITION
19.13.01 The Company agrees to recognize that employees sometimes face situations of violence or abuse in their personal life that may affect their attendance or performance at work. For that reason, the Company and the Union agree, when there is adequate verification from a recognized professional (i.e. doctor, lawyer, registered counselor), an employee who is in an abusive or violent situation will not be subjected to discipline if the absence can be linked to the abusive or violent situation. Absences which are not covered by sick leave or disability insurance will be granted as absent with permission without pay.
19.13.02 The Company and the Union recognize that female employees may sometimes need to discuss with another woman, matters such as violence or abuse at home or events in the workplace. For this reason, the parties agree to recognize the role of a female member to be the Women’s Advocate in each of the five (5) regions of the Country. The Women’s Advocate in the eastern region must be bilingual.
19.13.03 Each Women’s Advocate will be designated, by joint agreement by the Company and the Union, from within the female members of Unifor / Air Canada bargaining unit that are recommended by Unifor, based upon the candidates qualifications, experience and aptitudes.
The Women’s Advocate will meet with female members as required, discuss problems with them and refer them to the appropriate agency when necessary.
19.13.04 The Company agrees to provide the Women’s Advocate with a guarantee of two (2) hours per week of Company paid release time in order to perform her duties. The time of the release from duties will be mutually agreed upon between the Women’s Advocate and her manager within two (2) weeks following the awarding of her schedule. Every effort will be made in order to ensure that the time of the release has the least impact upon operations.
19.13.05 If more than the two (2) hours per week of guaranteed release time is required to address particular issues that falls within the duties of the Women’s advocate, the Women’s Advocate must seek prior approval for additional released time from the Director of Labour Relations.
19.13.06 The Company agrees to provide each Women’s Advocate with access to a confidential phone line to be used exclusively for the duties of the Women’s Advocate. When a female member requests a meeting in person with the Women’s Advocate at a Company location, the Company will make its best effort to provide access to a private office so that confidentiality can be maintained when a female employee is meeting with the Women’s Advocate.
19.13.07 The Company and the Union will develop appropriate communications to inform employees about the advocacy role of the Women’s Advocate and provide the contact number for the confidential phone line.
19.13.08 Each Women’s Advocate will participate in an initial 40-hour training program organized by Unifor and an annual three-day update-training program.
Individuals interested in applying for the Eastern Region Women’s Advocate position should send a resume and cover letter outlining their particular experience and reasons for applying for the position no later than Friday, February 24, 2017at 12:00 EST. Only qualified applicants will be interviewed. Please mail or email your statement of qualifications and cover letter to:
Unifor Local 2002
AC Eastern Region Women's Advocate
Attn: Kerry Turner
7015 Tranmere Drive, Suite 5
Mississauga, ON L5S 1M2
The term of office will be until July 31, 2020.
Any successful applicant will be required to attend an initial forty-hour basic training session. The successful candidates will report to the President of Unifor Local 2002.
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