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

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,

May Day – International Workers’ Day

As we commemorate International Workers’ Day, let us reflect on the strides we’ve made together and the challenges that lie ahead. Today, we honor the contributions of workers worldwide and reaffirm our commitment to solidarity, justice, and dignity in the workplace.

In the face of ongoing economic uncertainties and shifts in the labor landscape, our unity remains our greatest strength. Together, we’ve fought for fair wages, safe working conditions, and equitable treatment for all. But our work is far from over.

As we look to the future, let us stand firm in our resolve to advocate for the rights of workers everywhere. Let us continue to support one another, amplify each other’s voices, and push for meaningful change.

This May Day, let’s renew our dedication to building a more just and equitable world for all workers. Together, we can make a difference.

In solidarity,

Gate Gourmet Strike Follow Up

We have had many members reaching out with questions about exactly what they should be doing during the disruptions we are facing with the Gate Gourmet strike in Toronto. Some members are reported to have been helping and moving trolleys around that are at the aircraft door. We do not recommend that you take on any additional duties such as moving trolleys as this may create a Health and Safety hazard. We do not want to interfere with the rights of these unionized workers or create an unsafe workspace so we must focus on our required safety tasks, boarding and monitoring the cabin.

Essentially, we suggest that you carry on with business as usual. We know that this puts some members in a difficult situation. Our natural tendency is to do all in our power to ensure that no one is inconvenienced. Unfortunately, strikes can cause inconvenience. That is why they can be an effective tool in the unionized work force. If you have any questions about this, please let us know. We are here to help and to provide guidance.

In solidarity,

Gate Gourmet Workers Strike

We have had members writing to us about the current situation with Gate Gourmet employees from Teamsters Local 647 who are exercising their right to strike. Gate Gourmet provides catering services to many airlines in Canada. This includes some Air Canada flights.

Our members have voiced their concerns and their support for Teamsters Local 647 members. They report that they have been asked to assist managers in restocking bars and removing garbage among other things. Given that this scenario may be occurring on many flights we must ask if we are inadvertently circumventing the right to strike of our brothers and sisters who work with Teamsters Local 647 by mitigating the impact that the strike may be having. We suggest that all members check in on time and perform their duties as required, keeping in mind our primary role of ensuring safety and security is respected.

We have been asked by Teamsters Local 486 representatives to report any incident involving untrained replacement workers. They would like to be advised of any relevant information about safety and/or security breaches. As you know safety and security are paramount regardless of the circumstances. If you have any feedback or comments, please provide them to contact@accomponent.ca. We look forward to hearing from you.

As some of our members may recall on January 30, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a landmark decision, holding that the right to strike is constitutionally protected. They found that the right to strike is an indispensable component of participating meaningfully in the pursuit of collective workplace goals.

Further they emphasized the importance of the right to strike in promoting equality in the bargaining process. The Supreme Court recognized the deep inequalities that structure the relationship between employers and employees. It is the possibility of strike action that enables vulnerable workers to negotiate with employers on terms of “approximate equality” in the context of a fundamental power imbalance. In the Court’s view, resorting to strike action at the moment of impasse is an affirmation of the dignity and autonomy of employees in their working lives. While a strike on its own does not guarantee the resolution of a labour dispute, the Supreme Court stated that strike action has the potential to place pressure on both sides to engage in good faith negotiations.

In solidarity,

You’re Invited! Join Co-operators Group Insurance for an Info Session!

Co-operators Group Insurance will be hosting their quarterly virtual information sessions on the following dates:

  • April 9, 2024 at 12:00pm EST (French)
  • April 11, 2024 at 12:00pm EST
  • April 23, 2024 at 11:30am MST
  • April 23, 2024 at 12:30pm PST (BC, MN, SK)
  • May 7, 2023 at 12:00pm AST

This is an opportunity for members to learn about the many great benefits and features they can receive by insuring with Co-operators Group Home and Auto Insurance Program. The sessions will include information on their unique coverage options, exclusive perks, and competitive rates. There will also be an opportunity for those in attendance to win 1 of 4 $50 e-gift cards from the Co-operators Group. They will be announcing the winners during the live session.

Attached are digital posters (in English and French) with a QR code and a link so that you can register for the session of your choice, or you can register via the link below.

Click here to sign up

Please note that the information may vary per session based on provincial regulations.

In solidarity,