Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)

The cost of living is increasing and it has outpaced the annual Cabin Personnel wage increases of 2% prescribed by the Collective Agreement.

LOU 35 requires the Company to negotiate wage increases (above the annual 2% wage increase), where the consumer price index of the previous year exceeds the wage increases by more than 1%.  In other words, whenever the consumer price index is more than 3%, the Parties are required to negotiate wage increases to address and remedy the disparity between wages and inflation.

In late March 2022, we advised the Company that LOU 35 had been triggered and that we should meet to negotiate wage increases.  Since the Company disagrees that LOU 35 has been triggered and refuses to negotiate the wage increase we are seeking, we have filed a grievance.

You will be able to find the Mainline policy grievance CHQ-22-48 HERE, and the Rouge policy grievance CHQ-rouge-22-16 HERE.

We will keep all members appraised as we move through the process.

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

A Final Message for International Flight Attendant Day

The following communication was released today by CUPE National:

“This year, we salute the strength and professionalism of our 15,000 members nationwide after another challenging year battling the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty and risks that came with it,” said Wesley Lesosky, president of CUPE’s Airline Division.

Today, our industry is on the rebound, our membership is growing across the country, and we are optimistic about what’s on the horizon for our members and our union.

In the year ahead, we are focused on turning the lessons learned during the pandemic into action. Ensuring our members have access to the best health and safety protections when and where they need them remains a top priority.

We are also energized and motivated about fighting alongside our sister unions in the United States to put an end to unpaid time on the ground during boarding, metering and deplaning. “An hour worked should be an hour paid,” said Lesosky. “The era of unpaid time on the ground for flight attendants will come to an end.”

We cannot let this occasion pass without also acknowledging that two of our CUPE airline members, Christina Carello and Alexander Rozov, remain trapped in the Dominican Republic after nearly two months, for reporting a crime that they did not commit. Christina and Alexander are in our thoughts every day and we will do whatever we can to bring them home safely as soon as possible.

For the year ahead and beyond, we wish all our members continued strength, safety and solidarity.

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

Update – Air Canada Decision Regarding Vaccination Status-Termination

In our March 9th bulletin, (Click HERE to view) we advised the membership that there has been a company-wide decision to terminate the employment of members who are not COVID-19 vaccinated and have not been provided an exemption. As promised in that bulletin, we have filed policy grievances for both Rouge (Click HERE to view the Rouge grievance) and Mainline (Click HERE to view the Mainline grievance).

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

Policy Grievance – Reserve Airport Standby, More Than Twice (B8.20.02)

Dear Mainline Reserve Members,

We wish to advise you that the Union has filed a policy grievance on Airport Standby being assigned to the same reserve blockholder more than twice in a block month when other reserves at the same base have not yet been assigned twice in that block month (Click HERE to view).

Airport Standby at mainline – What’s the limit?
The criteria, as per B8.20.02 is very clear, all members of your base, on reserve, must have been assigned two airport standby periods prior to a third being assigned to any reserve member.

If you are assigned a third airport standby, call the scheduler and ask them to clarify if all other members in your base have been assigned two airport standbys in the month and advise them you should not be working a third standby until all members have been assigned.  In the event you are assigned a flight assignment and crew scheduling then advises you that you are no longer required for it and assigns you to airport standby, that too counts towards the limit of two.

Please contact your Local Union Office immediately if you are assigned a third airport standby and the company has not removed it after it being brought to their attention.

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

Policy Grievance – Delhi Operations Through Dublin

The Union has filed a policy grievance about Air Canada’s improper designation of the recent Delhi pairings (now rescheduled to include a layover in Dublin) in violation of LOU 22A. (Click HERE to view). Although the Collective Agreement, including Article L60.04.05, requires Air Canada to designate each pairing based on the longest leg within that pairing, Air Canada has once again mixed extension pairing rules within a single pairing.

For example, if the longest flight leg within a pairing falls under LOU 22A, the entire pairing should be designated as an LOU 22A pairing. Therefore, all rules under LOU 22A should apply to all flight legs within that pairing (crew rest, crew complement, duty period limitations, etc.).

In this grievance, the Union is seeking to require Air Canada to comply with its obligations regarding the creation and designation of pairings.

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE