ACCEX Virtual Meet & Greet

ACCEX will be holding a virtual meet and greet on Friday, June 9, 2023 at 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.

We are open to any questions you may have. Your voice matters.

Register in advance for this meeting:

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

In solidarity,


Component Check-In

Your Component Officers are providing a quick update to ensure that you are informed. We feel that it is a key element of effective and inclusive communication.

On May 30th, we are moving ahead with grievance CHQ-22-48, COLA ME TOO LOU 35 before Arbitrator Eli Gedalof.  This is a public hearing, and we invite members to attend.  If you wish to join us, please send us an email at This will help us to communicate our numbers for lunch. The location of the hearing is 170 Attwell Drive, Suite 300, Toronto, ON. If you have any questions at all, please reach out to

On May 31th, grievance CHQ-21-11 – Vacation Pay Credits on Off Duty Status is being heard by Arbitrator William Kaplan. This grievance is relating to the practice that Air Canada undertook of recuperating pay credits or not providing pay credits for vacation time accrued while cabin crew members were on Off-Duty Status during the COVID-19 pandemic. Air Canada placed a large percentage of CUPE members on Off-Duty Status between April 2, 2020, and June 7, 2020. This resulted in some members receiving reduced vacation payments.

We spoke with Nathalie Lemyre and Andrew Yiu late last week about numerous concerns that we have received from you.  There were concerns about the lack of clarity on cabin crew jump seats and the order of priority for those travelling. It was our assertion that the FAM is clear, and crew are eligible for the jump seats with personal passes.  Nathalie and Andrew agreed and have followed up with the external departments to ensure the process was clear and to be followed.

One of the other concerns that was reported to us was the fact that some members who were attempting to book back on during the weekend were being prevented from doing so due to the lack of availability of staff, or lack of knowledge of the process. In some cases, this resulted in a loss of wages.  We have been assured that this matter will be resolved.  For the book on process Air Canada will have a manned email on weekends from 8am to 2pm (Sat/Sun).  If someone submits reports on Saturday or Sunday, they are evaluated and cleared back if they are ready to return to work.  Natalie Lemyre suggested that adding regular reminders in block bidding packages would be helpful and you can expect to see that soon.

If booking back on during weekends and STAT holidays ONLY, please email: between 08:00-13:30 EST. The nurse on duty will evaluate the return to work scenario and process the request once the criteria is satisfied. Please remember to book back on after receiving your OCC HEALTH CLEARANCE.

The negotiated introduction of improved crew rest provisions on the A330 aircraft has prompted us to request privacy curtains on these aircraft.    Air Canada has stated that this makes sense now that we have dedicated crew rest language.  According to what we have been advised Air Canada is looking into this with the commercial aircraft team.

We communicated again that we have serious concerns about the B1 pass inequity and how the concept of “Winning as One” is not going to be achieved until each employee feels equally valued.  We have had numerous members bring this to our attention and this continues to be a regular occurrence. Andrew and Nathalie have noted that this subject has arisen during many sessions they have had with members. They have assured us that they have provided each instance of feedback to senior executives.

As many of you are now aware, the Company has issued a bulletin on the B1 pass restructuring, and employee travel changes. This is found in your company email “upcoming Changes to Employee Travel Privileges”. Some key changes include:

  • B1 passes will be removed from all management and AT&S employees effective September 1, 2023
  • Effective immediately, all new employees must be employed for six months before travel privileges are granted.
  • Listing rules for all A2/J, B1/J, C1/J travel passes will change effective September 1, 2023. A maximum of six people may be listed on a single PNR.

We are here to ensure your concerns acted upon.  We are your voice and no matter how small, if it matters to you, it matters to us.  We appreciate the concerns that are being brought direct to the Union, please continue to reach out.

In solidarity,

REVISED Narrow-Body Pairings for JUNE 2023

There has been a high volume of revisions after the June pairing package publication on Wednesday. As a result, there will be a revision of all narrow-body pairings for bidding. This new package will be available on the portal as well as PBS by end of the day Friday May 12.

Bid close remains planned for Thursday 0001 EDT on May 18.

Please note that the narrow-body pairings in the printed bid package will not reflect the changes.

For more information on bidding, please contact your local PBS Representative:


International Flight Attendant Day 2023

The 9th Annual International Flight Attendant Day on May 31st is fast upon us.  On this special day we want to take the time and recognize our outstanding membership. To those of you who work from 0 dark thirty onwards, who stay until that last passenger has left and who are called upon to fix and resolve any and every situation imaginable. Across this great country and circumnavigating the globe, our members pass through countless time zones and show up prepared and ready to take on whatever the flight holds.

We honour you and your commitment to safety, security, and the overall wellbeing of each passenger.  To quantify exactly how many passengers, you take care of here are a few statistics:

Air Canada carried more passengers each year for the last decade, reaching a record of 51.54 million in 2019. This number was 13.2 million in 2021 and seems only set to rise as we move out of the global pandemic and beyond. This year is a special one for us and marks the beginning of the road to our future.  We want you to reflect on May 31st about all the hard work and sacrifices that you have each made for our profession. This includes an appreciation for your colleagues at home and abroad. Together we make the world of aviation a safer and more secure place.

As a small gesture of our appreciation, we are holding a draw for our members. We have a select number of Nayad 40-ounce Stainless Steel Double wall TRAVELER bottles with the Air Canada Component of CUPE logo proudly displayed.

We encourage all members to participate. You can enter to win here:

We truly believe that our members are our superpower. In that spirit we ask that leading up to May 31st we acknowledge each other and our great accomplishments. Whether you are on layover or just taking a break we ask that you send us your photos and stories.  We will then post them on social media on May 31st so that we can all celebrate together.  After our recent kick off of the campaign, we would love to see your photos from the event, as well as your crew photos wearing your Union Pins in solidarity.  We have seen so much engagement and have so much more planned!

Thanks to all members for your participation and celebrating with us on this very special day.

In solidarity,

Retirement of Mary Keough National Coordinator EAP

The Air Canada Component of CUPE Executive would like to inform all members that an important Committee Chairperson is retiring from their position.  Mary Keough, our Employee Assistance National Coordinator, is retiring after 43 years of service.  Mary has worked in the role of the National Coordinator for 16 years. In those 16 years she transformed our EAP program and made it what it is today.

Mary and her team were there to support countless members and help them navigate the program and seek much needed help.  She created an inclusive and supportive program for our members with addiction issues and championed numerous initiatives such as mindfulness training, EFT training and grief counselling just to name a few.

Mary has made herself available to members during some of the most difficult times of their lives. During the COVID-19 pandemic she continued to educate the membership about good mental health, the importance of mindfulness and to let members know that they had access to many invaluable resources.

Mary has given much of her own time to ensure that members in crisis were supported and followed on their difficult journeys.  This is just a small example of how dedicated and committed she has been throughout her tenure with the committee. Her willingness to put in extra time and effort to help those who struggled has demonstrated a commitment to excellence that we have come to depend upon. She has been a friend to all with her thoughtfulness and quiet encouragement.

We wish her the very best in this next chapter of her life.  May you be proud of all the work you have done and the difference you have made.

In solidarity,