Policy Grievance – Post Duty Ground Credit

With the world changing at a fast pace there are so are many aspects of our job that prior to these challenging times were not something we had to necessarily consider.  Hong Kong has been the first to announce mandatory testing upon arrival.  This was a surprise to some, and to others expected.  We are confident that this may open the doors to further entry requirements around the globe, and with this comes more free time.

The Union sees this as a requirement while working, and hence should be paid.  This is what Article 5.08 in the Collective Agreement contemplates, any “requirement” to stay on duty past your duty period.

Policy grievance CHQ-20-12, Post Duty Ground Credit, has been filed.  Please click HERE to view the grievance form.

The Union is requesting that all members that operate to Hong Kong (HKG) and are required to submit to mandatory COVID-19 testing, fill out a ground duty claim, as per Article 5.08 (Click HERE to access the claim form).

The ground duty period should commence 15 minutes post arrival up to the time the last person has cleared the COVID-19 testing facility.

If the claim is denied, please submit it to your Local Union and it will be attached to this grievance.  Make sure to retain a copy for you and your crew’s records.

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

Grievance Update – Unpaid Work Grievances

Air Canada continues to expect our members at both Mainline and Rouge to work for free.  We expect to be paid for work performed!

Below please see some updates on our unpaid work grievances.  

CHQ-18-27 – Unpaid Work – Move Me News Publication
Air Canada is requiring the mandatory reading of Air Canada’s bi-monthly Move Me News publication by Cabin Personnel without pay.  This requirement is a change to the working conditions of Cabin Personnel and has been imposed without consultation and negotiation with the Union.  Cabin Personnel are expected to volunteer and work on their own time, outside of regular (paid) hours, and are being denied pay, contrary to the Collective Agreement and the Canada Labour Standards Regulations, C.R.C. c. 986.  The matter has been referred to arbitration.  Once a date is scheduled it will be announced. Please continue to file eclaims for the amount of time it takes to read these publications since Air Canada has stated it is mandatory reading.  Please hold onto your denied eclaims.  There is no need to bring the denied claims to your local Union office for this grievance.

CHQ-19-13 – Unpaid Training – Leading Edge and Special Initial Workbooks
Air Canada violated the Collective Agreement by requiring the mandatory completion of the Leading Edge and Special Initial workbooks by Cabin Personnel.  Cabin Personnel are expected to have these workbooks completed prior to attending training and are therefore required to do this work on their own time, outside of regular (paid) training courses, and are being denied pay, contrary to the Collective Agreement.  This grievance was denied at level 2 and proceeded to mediation on October 23rd, 2019 where no settlement was achieved.  It will now be scheduled for arbitration.  Once a date is confirmed, it will be announced.  Please continue to file eclaims for the time it took to complete your workbook since Air Canada has stated its completion prior to training is mandatory.  Denied claims should be brought to your local office.

CHQ-rouge-19-22 Unpaid Lead Coaching Sessions
Air Canada offers an unpaid voluntary Lead coaching session. Although Air Canada has stated that attendance is on a voluntary basis, cabin personnel are being pressured by management to attend. It is also being used as an intimidation tool in employee performance meetings. The grievance is set to be heard at an upcoming Level 2 hearing. Rouge employees are encouraged to email payrolls claiming the time spent in your coaching session.   Denied claims should be brought to your local office.

CHQ-rouge-19-23 Unpaid Training – Rouge Annual Recurrent, Requalification and Initial Service Workbooks
Air Canada requires the mandatory completion of the Rouge Annual Recurrent, Requalification and Initial Service Workbooks by Cabin Personnel. Cabin Personnel are expected to have these workbooks completed prior to attending training and are therefore required to do this work on their own time, outside of regular (paid) training courses, and are being denied pay, contrary to the Collective Agreement. The grievance was heard at level 2 on November 1st, 2019 and we are waiting for Air Canada’s response. Rouge employees are encouraged to email payrolls claiming the time spent in training.   Denied claims should be brought to your local office.

CHQ-rouge-19-66 Unpaid Work – The Weekly
Air Canada is requiring the mandatory reading of Air Canada Rouge’s The Weekly bulletin by Cabin Personnel without pay.  This requirement is a change to the working conditions of Cabin Personnel and has been imposed without consultation and negotiation with the Union.  Cabin Personnel are expected to volunteer and work on their own time, outside of regular (paid) hours, and are being denied pay, contrary to the Collective Agreement and the Canada Labour Standards Regulations, C.R.C. c. 986.  The grievance is set to be heard at an upcoming Level 2 hearing.  Rouge employees are encouraged to email payrolls claiming for the amount of time it takes to read these publications since Air Canada has stated it is mandatory reading. Denied claims should be brought to your local office.

In Solidarity,

Carmela Iermieri
Chair, Component Grievance Committee

Grievance Committee Update Mainline Policy Grievances

CHQ-19-05 – Unreasonable and Discriminatory Tattoo and Piercing Policy
Air Canada’s personal appearance policy prohibits cabin personnel from having visible tattoos and piercings on duty, other than one pair of matching stud earrings. The Union’s position is that these prohibitions unreasonably infringe on employees’ rights, freedoms, and interests to express themselves through their appearance.  In adopting these prohibitions, Air Canada has breached the Collective Agreement, including articles 3, 14, 24, L14, and all other relevant provisions.  It has also breached the Canadian Human Rights Act and all other relevant statutes and regulations. This grievance was denied at level 2 and has been scheduled for mediation on September 24, 2019.

CHQ-19-17 – Unreasonable and Discriminatory Gender-Specific Personal Appearance Policy
Air Canada maintains a gender-specific personal appearance policy. The Union’s position is that the gender-specific appearance policy (and its gender-specific prohibitions) unreasonably infringe on employees’ rights, freedoms, and interests to express themselves through their appearance. In adopting these prohibitions, Air Canada has breached the Collective Agreement, including articles 3, 14, 24, L14, and all other relevant provisions. It has also breached the Canadian Human Rights Act and all other relevant statutes and regulations. This grievance was denied at level 2 and will be scheduled for mediation sometime this fall.

CHQ-19-31 – Violation of Article 14 (OBSM Cabin Crew Program)
Air Canada has disciplined Flight Attendants without just cause and contrary to the governing principles of progressive discipline. We submit this grievance under articles/clauses 3, 14, 24, all other pertinent sections of the Collective Agreement, the Arbitrator Kaplan award on CHQ-17-38 issued January 7th, 2019, and any other relevant legislation, act, or statute.  This grievance will be presented at level 2 sometime this fall.

In Solidarity,
Component Grievance Committee 

June 2019 Grievance Committee Update

CHQ-15-07 Denial of B1 Travel Passes The Union has appealed Arbitrator Steinberg’s decision regarding the B1 Passes Policy Grievance (CHQ-15-07) to a Judicial Review.  This will be heard on May 29, 2019. CHQ-16-95 Article 2.04.02.02 (Air Canada rouge Forward Cabin Service) Air Canada is offering a more enhanced onboard service on North American and Overseas Routes […]

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CHQ-17-48 – 737MAX Workbook

We are pleased to announce that CHQ-17-48 (Click HERE to view) was successfully resolved at arbitration.  Arbitrator Eli Gedalof provided a consent award which provided for the payment of previously submitted eClaims for completion of the workbooks for B737 Max training. All members who submitted an eClaim will be receiving two or three hours of […]

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