2022 Bargaining Survey – Part 2 / Sondage sur les négociations 2022 – Partie 2

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 contact@accomponent.ca 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.

In solidarity,

Your ACCEX

Conclusion of 2019 Reopener / Conclusion de la réouverture de 2019

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.

In solidarity,

Your ACCEX

ACCEX Virtual Meet & Greet

ACCEX will be holding a virtual meet and greet on Thursday, June 16, 2022 from 14:00h to 15:00h EDT.

This meet and greet is open for all members to attend, from both Mainline and Rouge. It will be held via Zoom for 1 hour, and registration is required.  Members can submit questions prior to the meet and greet by replying to this email.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_av_SVeBOR6C17ahur1tJfA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

In solidarity,

Your ACCEX

Bargaining Re-Opener #1 – Arbitration Award Q and A

ACCEX will be holding a virtual Bargaining Road Show on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 from 14:00h to 15:00h EDT to answer questions concerning the Bargaining Re-Opener #1 Arbitration award.

This bargaining road show is open for all members to attend, from both Mainline and Rouge. It will be held via Zoom for 1 hour, and registration is required.  Members can submit questions prior to the bargaining road show by emailing contact@accomponent.ca.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eUaENRacRpyj4-ocwbW2-A

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

In solidarity,

Your ACCEX

2019 Bargaining Re-Opener – Interest Arbitration Award

We wish to advise that the Union received the interest arbitration award for the 2019 Re-Opener from Arbitrator Vince Ready late Friday afternoon.  We have been reviewing the award in detail over the weekend.

The Union sent six proposals forward to interest arbitration, four for Mainline and two for Rouge. The Employer also put forward four concessionary proposals for Mainline.

Through interest arbitration, we have achieved the following:

  1. Vacated vacation proposal for Mainline.
  2. Duty overtime premium of $100 per hour above 14 hours for Rouge.
  3. Fended off all four of the employer’s proposed concessions.

In addition, any previously agreed to items during the bargaining and mediation phase of the re-opener form part of his award. They include:

1) Clarity that a Mainline reserve blockholder is entitled to 12 hours crew rest before/after training sessions or travel to a training session.

2) Provide further flexibility to Mainline reserve blockholders on the minimum number of GDOs within PBS.

3) Comprehensive Proposal on Reserve at Air Canada Rouge:

  • Switch to a regular blockholder and reserve blockholder framework like Mainline
  • Increase MMG to 80 hours for reserve blockholders.
  • Ability to waive certain blocking rules regarding days off pattern for both regular and reserve blockholders.
  • Increase to minimum GDOs and UDOs for reserve blockholders.
  • Increase to minimum crew rest at home base for reserve blockholders.
  • Elimination of ability for crew rest on layover to be reduced to nine (9) hours.
  • Ground Duty Credit for Air Canada Rouge.

4) PBS Committee and PBS Enhancements for Air Canada Rouge.

5) Housekeeping proposals to fix grammatical errors or omissions from previous rounds of bargaining.

We are also very gratified that the arbitrator determined that Air Canada’s concessionary proposals were not appropriate.

Though he dismissed the Union’s preliminary objection at the beginning of the award, he set the stage for his treatment of the Company’s proposal at page 26:

  • That being said, however, I note that other employee groups at Air Canada that have concluded collective agreements during the pandemic have not been subject to permanent concessions and have, in [s]ome cases, even won modest gains. Also, I am very cognizant of the fact that the Employer was clear in bargaining that it was not going to pursue its proposals on their own, but rather, they were available to the Union if it wished to agree to one or more of them in exchange for their monetary proposals to achieve cost neutrality. Thus, I have fully considered the financial information submitted by the Employer along with all other relevant factors in applying the replication principle to the proposals as set out below. “

He further stated in regard to the concessions at page 59:

  • “Applying the principles of replication, I find it difficult in these circumstances to find a basis to award any of the Employer’s Mainline proposals. Indeed, I am not persuaded that the Employer in free collective bargaining would have pushed its proposals once the Union’s monetary proposals were withdrawn, nor that it would have been successful in this endeavor had it chosen to do so. In so finding, I note the Employer did not pursue (nor achieve) comparable concessions from other employee groups. “

A copy of his full award can be accessed by clicking HERE.

The Union will now turn our minds to working with Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge to implement these changes into the Collective Agreement. In addition, the Union will be hosting virtual meetings in the coming weeks to review the award and Collective Agreement changes in more detail and answer any questions you may have. Please stay tuned for more information about these meetings.

In solidarity,

Your ACCEX