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

2025 Bargaining Survey

Your Air Canada Component Executive is happy to announce that your 2025 Bargaining Survey will be sent out shortly.

You will be receiving an email shortly with the link to fill out 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 contact@accomponent.ca.

This survey is the first part in engaging you to ensure your Bargaining Committee is prepared with your proposals when we meet with the employer in 2025.  The survey is universal and for all members at both Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge.  Once your filled out survey is received, and the survey portal closes, we will be able to evaluate the survey by viewing the replies from Mainline or Rouge, and will also be able to narrow it down base specifically if we want a more in-depth look at how members responded.

Please note the survey is completely confidential, and your name will not be attached to the survey you fill out.  You will also note in the survey there will be upcoming road shows, that will be done in person. All members from any base, Mainline/Rouge are welcome to attend any session. Any questions can be raised, as well as items you feel were not included in the survey that are important to you can be discussed during the road shows.

This will be a historic round, and there will be many items we will want to address, your effort in completing the survey, and attending the road shows where you can build on the success of this round of negotiations.

International Flight Attendant Day 2024

Today, we come together to celebrate International Flight Attendant Day, a special occasion dedicated to recognizing the invaluable contributions and tireless efforts of Flight Attendants around the world. At the Air Canada Component of CUPE, we are proud to represent such a dedicated and professional group of individuals who play a crucial role in ensuring the safety, comfort, and well-being of passengers traveling on Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge.

On this day, we honor your commitment to excellence, your resilience in the face of challenges, and your unwavering dedication to providing exceptional service. The past year has brought its share of difficulties, from navigating ever-changing health and safety protocols to managing increased passenger expectations. Through it all, you have demonstrated remarkable professionalism and adaptability within the Canadian skies and beyond.

As we celebrate today, we also look ahead to the future. Our union remains committed to fighting for better working conditions, greater compensation, and opportunities for growth. We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that your voices are heard and your needs are met at the bargaining table in 2025.

Thank you for your unwavering dedication, your passion for service, and your resilience. You are the heart and soul of the aviation industry, and today, we celebrate you.

Happy International Flight Attendant Day!

In solidarity,

Your ACCEX

Seniority Lists – Mainline and Rouge

We wanted to let you know that the Company has advised that the Seniority lists will be posted on the portal this week. You can access this from home or on layover at In-Flight Service > Crew Scheduling & Planning > Seniority Numbers.

Seniority Lists – Mainline and Rouge
Please note the following language is applicable to both Mainline and Rouge. We always advise you to take a quick look to ensure your seniority is correct on the published list. If you see an error or omission, please ensure you contact Wesley Lesosky immediately via email at w.lesosky@accomponent.ca so it can be reviewed, the applicable language for this is below:

16.08.04 Prior to February 1st in any year, Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge shall post, at each Air Canada Mainline Cabin Personnel Base and at each Air Canada Rouge Base, a copy of the Flight Attendant and In-Charge seniority lists applicable to Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge indicating the respective seniority of each employee within his/her classification as of January 1st in that year, as well as a copy of the Master Cabin Personnel Seniority List.

16.08.05 Prior to March 1st in that year, an employee may protest, in writing, to Air Canada or Air Canada Rouge (as applicable) any error or omission affecting his/her seniority.

16.08.06 Prior to April 1st, the revised lists indicating any changes resulting from any protest found valid shall be posted.

16.08.07 Prior to May 1st, any employee whose seniority was affected by any change made to the initial seniority list may protest, in writing, to the Air Canada or Air Canada Rouge (as applicable) with a copy to the Component President of the Union.

16.08.08 Prior to June 1st, the final seniority lists, which will be conclusive of Cabin Personnel seniority as of January 1st in that year shall be posted.

In solidarity,

Your ACCEX

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