Annual Vacation Bidding Is Open

**This applies to Mainline Only**

Dear Members,

The FIRST ROUND IS OPEN NOW.  There are four (4) separate bid periods: Rounds 1 and 2 will remain open for fourteen (14) days.  Rounds 3 and 4 will be open for seven (7) days.

1st Round 14 Days

2nd Round 14 Days

3rd Round 7 Days

4th Round 7 Days

Bill C-86 has legislated some changes to vacation entitlements. Employees who have 10 completed years to 14 years of service by April 30th and have less than 4 weeks of vacation will have an additional week of vacation in this bid.

If you would like to verify your vacation entitlement you can contact the “Employee Care Team” Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (ET) at 1-833- 847-EMPL (3675) or via email to people.employes@aircanada.ca.

Company Vacation Bidding Bulletins below:

Click HERE To view ‘2020/21 Annual Vacation Bidding Schedule’
Click HERE To view ‘May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021 Vacation and Statutory Holiday Bidding ‘
Click HERE” To view ‘Vacation Entitlement Reduction Guidelines’
Click HERE To view ‘Proration of 2020/2021 Vacation Entitlement’

Here are the ‘Present’ block months.
Remember that the start/end date of these months can and WILL change!!


To Bid for Your Vacation:
In-Flight Service > Crew Scheduling & Planning > eForms > log in > Vacation Bidding

Here is an example of how your finished bid may look:

**Be sure to submit enough choices**

In solidarity,

Component Mobile App

We want to remind those of you who have not had the opportunity to download our handy Mobile app of the links that you will need to do so.  We hope that you find it to be user friendly and your one stop shop for all things Union.  It is your tool to have the Collective Agreement, Reserve Rules, Maternity Program, Union Contacts, and so much more right at your fingertips.

You can download the app here:

IOS (Apple) download
Android download

Your login information for our new mobile app is the same as your login for the Air Canada Component website, www.accomponent.ca.  If you have not signed into the website since we updated it in 2019 you will need a password, which can be obtained by clicking on the “Forgot Your Password” link at the bottom of the website’s sign in section. If you have not received your password reset in 24 hours check your junk email folder. Please do not submit multiple requests in the 24 hour time frame.

Also, follow us on Instagram @aircanadacomponent and stay tuned for the launch of our first ever Air Canada Component of CUPE podcasts!

In solidarity,

REMINDER – New Service Guidelines Survey

As we advised you last week, the Union needs to hear from those of you who have operated the flights affected by the new service increases.  We have prepared a survey which will go a long way in assisting us with evidence gathering. If you have operated one of these flights, we ask that you fill out our survey by clicking on the link below:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CFN5TFV

This survey is open to both Mainline and Rouge, and it is NOT specific to PY, any service information is appreciated.

If you had your break shortened, cancelled or had to adjust service to have your break we need to hear from you.  The information you provide will do a great deal to tip the scales and show how the service expectations imposed upon us must lead us to a new vision and to positive change.  We look forward to hearing from you and to receiving your responses to our survey.

In Solidarity,

Updated Rouge Contract Guide

In the interest of ensuring that you have the tools that you need, we have developed a Rouge Contract Guide, which we hope will serve as a resource for you.

See the Rouge Contract Guide in English HERE and in French HERE.

You may wish to download a copy of this guide to your mobile phone, so that it becomes a handy tool that you do not need WiFi to access.

In solidarity,

New Service Guidelines

As you are likely aware, Air Canada recently implemented new service guidelines.

These new service expectations are unreasonable, impractical and bordering on absurd. Given the crew complements that we currently have, as well as the crew complements of our competitors, we are continually being put into impossible positions.  We can no longer remain silent and accept this continued barrage of service changes to which we are expected to adapt.  We will not sacrifice safety, health and wellbeing all under the guise of “Keeping up with the Emirates”.  We have some of the lowest crew complements in the industry.  We are here to tell you that enough is enough.  There is no more to take because we have nothing left to give.

The different service levels in Premium Rouge and PY Mainline have been a problem for some time.   It would have been appropriate to bring the rouge service in line with the mainline service.  Instead, the company increased the service in PY with no additional crew members to do this additional work.  This is a losing proposition, and we must stand together in opposition to such changes.

We believe that we must continue to respect the Collective Agreement while keeping in mind what minimum expectations are required of us.  The Company has always found ways to ask flight attendants to donate more of our free time and get to aircraft earlier.  We have reached a point where we feel that we continue to give but our voices are not being heard. This leads us to the need for a new direction to advocate for our rights.

We recognise that you should be prepared to operate your assigned flights.  We know that you need to check in and then proceed to the gate.  You are required to attend at your respective Communications Centres prior to your scheduled flight departures, as per your check in times on globe.

Keep in mind that rest is a crucial part of staying alert and vigilant on flights of longer durations.  Crew rest is necessary for the safe operation of flights.  Your breaks are contractual and not optional.  Ensure that you take them. We should never feel pressured to compromise on safety because of a request for enhanced service.

In the interest of using all resources available to us to fight these ever-changing service specifications, we filed CHQ-19-63 Unreasonable Service Level Increase (Click HERE to view).

Now we need your help with this grievance.  We need to hear from those of you who have operated the flights affected by the new service increases.  We have prepared a survey which will go a long way in assisting us with evidence gathering.  If you have operated one of these flights, we ask that you fill out our survey by clicking on the link below:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CFN5TFV

Working together, we will achieve more than we can imagine.  We look forward to hearing from you and to receiving your responses to our survey.  The information you provide will do a great deal to tip the scales and show how the service expectations imposed upon us must lead us to a new vision and to positive change.

We leave you with the words of trade unionist Eugene V. Debs:

“Solidarity is not a matter of sentiment but a fact, cold and impassive as the granite foundations of a skyscraper. If the basic elements, identity of interest, clarity of vision, honesty of intent, and oneness of purpose, or any of these is lacking, all sentimental pleas for solidarity, and all other efforts to achieve it will be barren of results.”

In Solidarity,