Le Lézard
Classified in: Tourism and vacations, Transportation, Business
Subject: LBR

Unions Launch Campaign Calling on Canadian Government to Secure Immediate Return of Wrongfully Imprisoned Canadians in the Dominican Republic


TORONTO, May 16, 2022 /CNW/ - The Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA), Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), and Unifor are launching a public campaign calling on the Government of Canada to secure the safe return of five Canadians who have been arbitrarily imprisoned in the Dominican Republic after reporting a crime they were not involved in.

For more than 40 days, a Canadian aircrew ? including two CUPE members, one ALPA member, and one Unifor member ? have been arbitrarily detained, threatened, and prosecuted after discovering and reporting 200kg of narcotics to the police.

"It is entirely unacceptable that our members have been thrown in jail for doing their jobs, and dutifully reporting a crime," said Capt. Tim Perry, President of ALPA Canada. "We are urging the Canadian government to take serious action and help bring our crew home."

Together, the three unions represent more than 90,000 airline workers. Collectively, the unions are cautioning all travellers and employees of the risks of travel to the Dominican Republic.

"The Canadian government needs to do all in its power to bring the Pivot Airlines crew safely back home," said Scott Doherty, the Executive Assistant to Unifor's National President. "Our member is a part-time worker, who had the misfortune of becoming entangled in a dangerous situation, after finding and reporting illegal drugs onboard. Our union joins his family and friends in their concern for his safety. We need the federal government to intervene immediately."

Even though there is no evidence tying them to a crime, the Dominican Republic prosecutor is currently seeking to hold the five Canadians in jail for upwards of twelve months.

"We are gravely concerned about our members and the entire crew, who have been held captive under tremendously challenging conditions," said Wesley Lesosky, President of CUPE's airline division. "The fact is Canadian lives are at risk in the Dominican Republic. We need our Government to act."

ALPA, CUPE, and Unifor are inviting members to join the call by writing to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and urging her to call for the crew's safe and immediate release.

Join the campaign:
About Unifor

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

About CUPE

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canada's largest union, with 700,000 members across the country, including 15,000 members in the airline sector.

About ALPA

ALPA represents and advocates for more than 62,000 pilots at 38 U.S. and Canadian airlines, making it the world's largest airline pilot union. ALPA provides three critical services to its members: airline safety, security, and pilot assistance; representation; and advocacy. Through unbiased, fact-based evaluation of airline safety and security issues, ALPA works to ensure that the airline industry remains safe. ALPA represents pilots' views to decision-makers, including Parliament and federal agencies, and ALPA pilot groups have negotiated hundreds of contracts with airlines.

Contact

Unifor: Natalie Clancy, [email protected], 416-707-5794
CUPE: Hugh Pouliot, [email protected], 613-818-0067
ALPA: ALPA Media, [email protected], 703-481-4440

SOURCE Unifor


These press releases may also interest you

at 12:30
Virgin Orbit has confirmed the success of its fourth consecutive satellite launch mission. This launch, named Straight Up, carried seven satellites to Low Earth Orbit for the United States Space Force (USSF), who procured this launch for the Rocket...

at 08:00
On Friday, July 1st, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources...

1 jui 2022
The Automotive HVAC Compressor Market is segmented by Geography (APAC, Europe, North America, South America, and MEA). 55% of the market's growth will originate from APAC during the forecast period. China, Japan, and India are the key markets...

1 jui 2022
Drivers near the Stockton area in California can visit the Stockton Hyundai dealership to get oil services for their Hyundai vehicles. Hyundai owners can get regular oil changes, an easy and essential process that helps extend a vehicle's life. In...

1 jui 2022
GreenPower Motor Company Inc.  ("GreenPower"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of a diverse line of electric powered vehicles serving the cargo and delivery, shuttle, transit, and school sectors plans to host a webcast for all shareholders...

1 jui 2022
Dozens of current and former Tesla, Inc. employees filed a lawsuit in Alameda Superior Court today alleging the electric car giant operates under a "pre-Civil Rights" atmosphere of racial discrimination as a standard operating practice. This mass...



News published on 16 may 2022 at 10:29 and distributed by: