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

Arbitrator Gedalof Award

In October 2023, the Union and Air Canada participated in an interest arbitration before Arbitrator Eli Gedalof to determine the terms of the new Collective Agreement.

On January 23, 2024, Arbitrator Gedalof released his interest arbitration award. We are pleased to report that he awarded two proposals made by the Union and rejected all proposals made by Air Canada, except for a modest change regarding printed bid packages. The new Collective Agreement has a term of April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2025.

First, the arbitrator awarded the Union’s proposal requiring Air Canada to provide parking to all Rouge cabin personnel. The new article L55.08.07 of the Collective Agreement will require the following:

L55.08.07 At each home base or airport of the employee’s choosing, the company will provide free and safe parking for each employee. In the event of a change in parking location, the company will consult the union.

Second, the arbitrator awarded the Union’s proposal requiring Air Canada to extend the galley bid position from 777HD aircraft to all widebody aircraft. This will allow members to bid to be awarded or avoid the galley position in economy or business class on all widebody aircraft.

The Union will work with Air Canada to ensure that these changes are implemented as soon as possible.

Further, the arbitrator rejected Air Canada’s proposal to eliminate the Collective Agreement requirement for it to provide printed bid packages but instead agreed to reduce the required number of printed bid packages from 30% of members at a base to 5%.

Finally, the arbitrator rejected several concerning proposals made by Air Canada. The rejected proposals, among others, include eliminating seniority as a service director hiring requirement, weakening monthly maximum limitation (MML) protections, and removing oxygen bottles from crew rest units on long-range 777 flights.

You can read a complete copy of Arbitrator Gedalof’s interest arbitration award HERE.

In solidarity,

Your Bargaining Committee

Bargaining Reopener Update

This bulletin is a further update to keep you all apprised of developments in our “2022 Reopener” Bargaining process.

Earlier in the reopener process the Company put forward a proposal to amend the Scope Language related to the aircraft operated by Air Canada Rouge. Later in October, the Union tabled a counter proposal on this partially agreeing to this amendment, but also included an across-the-board wage increase to address the cost-of-living increases and elimination of the wage freeze experienced by our members who have participated in flow through.

We met with the employer on November 7, 2022, where they came forward with a response to our last proposal. The employer’s response was to propose a two-year extension to our 10-Year Collective Agreement in exchange for a small lump sum paid upon ratification and minimal wage increases in 2025 and 2026 only. Our counter proposal was reasonable, and we did not see the same in return with a proposed extension to an already long collective agreement.

The cost of living continues to be a very real and challenging concern for all our members.  We voiced this clearly and the response received from the employer is simply not acceptable to us.  In order to be compensated fairly, we should not have to wait years for the wage increase.  Immediate relief is necessary.

There are also ongoing concerns with flow through and the wage freeze.  The concept of having our members working alongside one another and earning a different wage is something that needs to change.

We listened to the company’s rationale and afterwards discussed at length.  We came to the conclusion that 2025 is just around the corner and we cannot delay our fundamental right to full collective bargaining. There are so many improvements to be made and this will be our time to stand together and work towards a collective goal which is improved wages, better working conditions and further scheduling gains. There is no interest on our side to look at any kind of contract extension.

Given all that has taken place and based on how far apart we are, we have come to the united decision that there will not be an ability to come to a bargained agreement. We will be moving to the next stage of the re-opener process by moving forward to mediation.  The Union and the Company will now work to find agreement with the assistance of a third-party mediator. We welcome the Company to bring forward a more reasonable offer at mediation. We will provide further updates once a mediator and mediation dates are decided.

In solidarity,


Bargaining Update #3

Your Air Canada Component Bargaining Committee met with Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge representatives this week to continue with the Bargaining process. As many of you many know, this Bargaining session is the second of two reopeners. For those of our members who are new and would like to educate themselves about where we are in the bargaining process, the language in the Collective Agreement about the reopeners can be found HERE.

We had numerous discussions with Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge relating to our proposals and spoke at length internally.  There was a great deal of discussion around an offer your Union presented as a whole, along with proposals the company has submitted.

We have also spent time over both the last session and this session looking into ways of resolving LOU 35 (Cost of Living), Scope Clause Challenges, Flow Through Issues, EAP and general work rules.

In our view, these are unprecedented times and while we are constrained by the Collective Agreement language this does not prevent us from working hard to find our way to a fair and just outcome for the membership. We are working towards an agreement we can bring to the members to ratify, as this is always the preferred outcome, rather than it going to an Interest Arbitrator.

We are looking at dates for our next meeting and will keep you advised.

In solidarity,


Bargaining Update #2 – Re-Opener 2022

Your Air Canada Component Executive met with the employer on August 22, 23 & 24, 2022 to continue discussions regarding the second bargaining re-opener in our current 10-year Collective Agreement.

Housekeeping Items
As promised, we are providing an update that involves what was discussed and where we are now.   The matters at hand on these dates were housekeeping items which are changes to the Collective Agreement that do not actually change the meaning or application of the language, but that fix typographical errors, or make the mutually agreed meaning clearer. This is helpful as the Collective Agreement is a document that evolves over time. It is important to fix these errors and ensure that it is clear to those who read it.

Notice Items
In addition to housekeeping items there were notice items presented to each party from the other. This is done when either party would like to change existing practices that do not align with the Collective Agreement and are inconsistent with the clear language of the Collective Agreement. Part of bargaining preparation includes a review of existing practices which are not consistent with the provisions of the Collective Agreement. If the Union or employer wish to change such practices, they would then put the other “on notice”. These items can be brought forward by the respective parties, and they would argue that the other is estopped from continuing the practice. Estoppel simply works on the principle of fairness. It isn’t fair for an employer to suddenly effect change when, through practice, words, or silence, they have led the Union to believe that a certain way of doing things will continue. There is a window of time during which the parties may serve notice that that they no longer intend to follow a practice which is not required or not consistent with the Collective Agreement. This window occurs at the time the parties are re-negotiating a Collective Agreement, as this gives the other party an opportunity to negotiate Collective Agreement provisions. There were notice items exchanged between the parties and discussion on these are continuing during our next bargaining session.

We will meet again with the employer on October 4, 5 & 6, 2022.

In solidarity,


2022 Bargaining Survey

Your Air Canada Component Executive is happy to announce that your Part 1 of your 2022 Bargaining Re-Opener Survey is live and ready for you to complete!

You will shortly be receiving an email with the link to your survey. It can be completed on a computer, tablet or mobile phone.

If you do not receive the email, have not registered your email address with us at the Air Canada Component, or have questions about accessing the survey etc., please do not hesitate to reach out to us at

In solidarity,