After careful review and analysis of the thousands of replies to Part One of the Bargaining survey, we are pleased to launch the second portion of the survey.
In this short survey you will be able to rank potential bargaining proposals in order of priority. The proposals you will see are based on the replies we received during the first survey. ACCEX reviewed the replies and pulled common threads together to create this survey. In addition, some proposals were added that fit into the lens of the 10-year framework and could potentially be forwarded to Interest Arbitration, if we are unable to reach a Tentative Agreement with the Employer. You will see both Mainline and Rouge proposals and are able to rank both.
Before continuing to the survey, we encourage all members to review the MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT (MOA) that you will find at the beginning of your Collective Agreement. PDF copies of your Collective Agreement can be found at www.accomponent.ca and hard copies can be obtained by contacting your Local. This MOA contains language which clearly explains the potential three (3) stages of the bargaining re-opener process and rules regarding monetary proposals at Mainline and Rouge.
You will shortly be receiving an email with the link to your survey. We anticipate that it will be within the next 24-hours. Please do not forward or share this email as each link can only be used once. If you have not received a link after 24-hours, please email email@example.com with your name and employee number and we will investigate. This is yet another step in the process as we all work together to find common goals and preferences. This is the last reopener of the 10-year framework and what we achieve will form a basis of what we will need to build on in 2025 when open bargaining will begin. Our collective labour will be crucial as we strengthen our communications with you and from you. Together there is so much that can be accomplished.
Yesterday the Union had a call with Government Officials in regard to the Repeal of the COVID-19 Vaccination mandate. We have listed the Q and A afforded to the Union below. We will be discussing the process of the return-to-work plan for members that chose not to disclose their vaccine status to the employer, and once we have more information we will share with all members.
We understand there are a lot of questions and appreciate your patience as we work through the process.
Frequently Asked Questions Relating to the Suspension of the Vaccination Mandate for the Federally Regulated Air Sector
Q1: What is the scope of the suspension and how does it apply to federally regulated air sector?
A1: As of June 20, 2022, at 00:01 EDT, employers in the federally regulated air sector will no longer be required to have mandatory vaccination policies in place for their employees. This includes aerodrome operators, air carriers, NAV Canada.
This also means that all air passengers boarding a plane for domestic or outbound travel and all individuals who need to access the aerodrome property or restricted area of a Canadian airport no longer need to be fully vaccinated, or have an exemption (i.e. medical or religious), to do so.
Q2: What are the impacts on unvaccinated Canadian crew members operating inbound international flights?
A2: Unvaccinated Canadian crew members that cross the border while performing their duties or for the immediate purpose of performing their duties continue to be exempt from most COVID-19 border requirements. They must continue to use ArriveCAN to submit their travel details. Crew members continue to be exempt from pre-entry testing, tests in Canada and quarantine requirements.
Q3: Are there any changes to the inbound requirements for foreign crew members?
A3: At this time, there are no changes to the requirements for foreign crew members. All foreign nationals travelling to Canada, including foreign crew members are required to be fully vaccinated, unless the individual meets one of the limited exceptions outlined in the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Order in Council Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order.
Individuals will still be required to show proof of vaccination when entering Canada.
Q4: In light of the suspension of the mandate, will TC issue guidance to industry/other levels of government as a number of contracts were put in place requiring individuals to be fully vaccinated?
A4: Transport Canada is not planning to issue guidance or advice to industry or other levels of government regarding contracts. Entities responsible for each contract may want to consider if the vaccination clauses that were included as a result of the vaccination mandate should be or can be removed. Transport Canada can answer any questions regarding the suspension of the mandate, but the specifics of each contract will have to be discussed by the parties who entered into an agreement.
Q5: Will the reporting requirements outlined in the Interim Order for Civil Aviation Respecting Requirements Related to Vaccination due to COVID-19 end? If so, when?
A5: Per Transport Canada’s Operational Bulletin, issued on June 15, 2022, while the Interim Order is set to be repealed at 00:01 EDT on June 20, 2022, in accordance with the principles of the Interpretation Act, the effect of the repeal does not affect any obligation accrued or accruing under the repealed Interim Order.
As such, Transport Canada expects those who were required to retain records under the Interim Order, to retain those records for the duration of the remaining term (12 months from the date the record was created). This is to ensure that Transport Canada has access to such records should a need arise (i.e. enforcement purposes).
Q6: Are there any changes to the mask mandate? Are masks still required in the restricted area, and non-passengers screening checkpoint?
A6: All other public health measures, including wearing a mask and all other requirements outlined in the Interim Order Respective Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, continue to apply and will be enforced throughout a traveller’s journey.
All persons must wear a mask at the screening checkpoint, during the boarding process, in flight, while deplaning, and in the customs and border processing area. This includes wearing a mask in the arrival testing area or when interacting with a public health or border services officer. Exceptions are in place for those who:
(a) are less than two years of age;
(b) are at least two years of age but less than six years of age who are unable to tolerate wearing a mask;
(c) provide a medical certificate certifying that they are unable to wear a mask for a medical reason;
(d) are unconscious; and
(e) are unable to remove their mask without assistance.
All crew members are also required to wear a mask at the screening checkpoint, during the boarding process, in flight, while deplaning and in the customs and border processing area. The only exception is if the crew member is on the flight deck or if wearing a mask interferes with operational requirements or the safety of the flight or endangers the crew member.
Gate agents are also required to wear a mask at the screening checkpoint and during the boarding process (unless the gate agent is separated from any other person by a physical barrier that allows the gate agent and the other person to interact).
Please CLICK HERE to access a PDF package that provides copies of all the agreed to items and the interest arbitration award for the 2019 Re-Opener.
We are actively discussing the implementation of each new item and will provide updates as they become available. We are also working with the Company to make the necessary adjustment to the Collective Agreement. One Item that the Company was able to partially implement for the July 2022 Block month relates to Rouge Reserve Blocks. Full Reserve Blocks will be implemented next month along with the additional days off, crew rest, and monthly pay guarantee.
Now that you have the information about what was agreed to or awarded in the 2019 Re-Opener we will be sending out information about the second part of the 2022 Bargaining Survey tomorrow and can then move forward with negotiations.
Crew Rest Unit Failure And Missing / Incomplete Bunk Kit Reporting
(This applies to Air Canada Mainline only)
In March 2019, the Component Crew Rest Committee issued a bulletin regarding the procedures to follow when submitting a Crew Rest Unit (CRU) Failure Report (ACF623B). There have been some changes to the procedure. When submitting an ACF623B report for a CRU failure or missing/incomplete crew bunk kit(s), the Service Director must:
Complete the CRU Failure Report (ACF623B). An In-Flight Service Base Manager’s information / signature is no longer required. Leave that section of the report blank
When completing the ACF623B for an INOP or failure of a CRU/OFAR, take a photo if possible, of the completed Cabin Defect Log entry for your records
When completing the ACF623B for missing / incomplete crew bunk kit(s) indicate in the “description of events” section the total number of missing / incomplete bunk kits. List the affected crew members in the appropriate section. **Please ensure you have called STOC at least 30 minutes prior to departure to request the missing crew bunk kits and note that the request was denied in the “description of events” section
On June 21, 1996, National Indigenous Peoples Day was formally recognized in Canada — paving the way for all Canadians, whether indigenous or non-indigenous, to fully explore and celebrate the distinct cultures and unique traditions of the Inuit, First Nations, and Metis people.
In a recent article about National Indigenous Peoples Day, award-winning author Eden Robinson was quoted as saying:
“The last couple of years have been difficult. Not just with COVID, but I’m thinking particularly about the 215 children found at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. When people talk about us or when they talk to us, these are the stories that they bring up. They bring up our deepest grief and trauma. So, what I like about Indigenous Day is that people are celebrating our cultures, they’re celebrating our communities. We ourselves are celebrating the things that bring us joy, and usually that’s our heritage. I know that last year was exceptionally hard, and no one really felt like celebrating, but we have an infinite capacity for joy.”
While there is much work to be done on the road to reconciliation, today is a day to recognize the many achievements of Canada’s Indigenous people. It is a celebratory event, a day to share and honour the indigenous culture.