days until our Collective Agreement expires, we are preparing, we are united and we will make change.

The Weekly Dispatch – Injury On Duty

You may obtain information about injury on duty, which includes stress from a potentially traumatic event, by emailing injury@accomponent.ca. This is applicable to both Air Canada Mainline and Air Canada Rouge members. You are also encouraged to reach out to your Local Health and Safety Committee.

REMINDER: Only a few days left to complete the Air Canada Component survey on collective bargaining priorities

As you are aware, our Collective Agreement expires on March 31, 2025, and your Union wants to arrive at the bargaining table knowing that they can count on your solidarity and support. To do so, your Bargaining Committee has put together this survey designed to gauge your priorities moving forward. This is the first step to see what the members’ concerns and demands will be for this historic bargaining period. Each completed survey is important. Your confidential input will guide us before and during bargaining.

Please complete this survey by June 17, 2024.

If you did not receive the survey email, please check your spam or junk folder. If you still have not received it, please reach out to us at contact@accomponent.ca. Please provide your full name, email address and employee number.

The highlights of the Bargaining Survey will be presented in person at the ACCEX (Air Canada Component Executive) road shows in July on the following dates:

– YVR – July 8, 2024 from 10:00h to 12:00h PT (Sheraton Wall Center)

– YUL – July 16, 2024 from 10:00h to 13:00h ET (Marriott Airport Hotel In Terminal)

– YYZ – July 23, 2024 from 10:00h to 13:00h ET (Sheraton Gateway Hotel – O’Hare Room, YYZ Airport, Terminal 3) *New Location*

– YYC – July 30, 2024 from 10:00h to 12:00h MT (YYC Airport Silver Dart Meeting Room)

All members from any base, Mainline or Rouge, are welcome to attend any session.

Thank you for your input,

Your Bargaining Committee

Crew Breaks

As many of you have noted, Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge have added an update June 4, 2024 to ePub, under “Crew Breaks and Onboard Crew Rest”:

Crew Breaks
An onboard crew break is the time allocated to eat meals and/or relax during the flight.

As of June 4, 2024, due to changes to the Canada Labour Code, employees are entitled to a break of 30 minutes during every period of 5 consecutive hours of work. The break can be divided into two periods of 15 minutes. Existing standards regarding onboard breaks (e.g., when/where they can be taken) apply to these breaks.

Please note that this new legislative change will only apply to flights that do not have crew rest already provided for under the Collective Agreement. 

The legislative changes allow Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge to split the breaks into two 15-minute periods if you are not able to take a 30-minute break.

We discussed the challenges last week with the employer and will discuss again this week to find clarity on where and how you are to take your break. We have heard from many of you regarding the challenges in securing time for your 2 15-minute breaks on a duty day over 5 and 4 15-minute breaks when on duty over 10 hours, specifically when operating narrow body flying, domestically.

This is a minimum standard, as per the Canada Labour Code, and every effort should be made to take your break, the reality being this may be a challenge due to service guidelines and staffing levels onboard.

The Component has set up a form (https://accomponent.ca/crew-break-concerns/) for you to report the inability to take your break, please report all compliance issues here.

We will update when we have further information to share on this.

In solidarity,