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.