Update re: CHQ-22-20, Reserve Airport Standby, More Than Twice (B8.20.02)

Dear Mainline Reserve Members,

As a follow up to the last bulletin issued on March 11, 2022 (click HERE to view the bulletin), we wanted to update you on the status of our policy grievance on this matter.

It has now been scheduled for arbitration on May 24, 2023 before our Chief Arbitrator William Kaplan.

As a reminder to our reserves, Article B8.20.02 is very clear and you cannot be assigned a third airport standby before all other reserves (at your base in that block month) have been assigned airport standby twice. Ensure to ask scheduling if other reserves at your base have been assigned twice before they assign you to your third airport standby.

***Also, if you are assigned airport standby AFTER being assigned a pairing that you are advised you are no longer required for, that airport standby counts towards the 2 airport standby limit.  

Please contact your Local Union Office immediately if you are assigned a third airport standby if other reserves have not been assigned twice, and the company has not removed it after it was brought to their attention.

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

ACCEX Virtual Meet & Greet

ACCEX will be holding a virtual meet and greet on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at 13:00h EST.

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,


National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is about remembering those who have experienced gender-based violence and mourning the lives that have been lost to it.

It has been over 30 years since the murder of 14 young women at École Polytechnique in Montréal. This act of violent misogyny shook our country and led Parliament to designate December 6 as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Today we remember the fourteen women who were killed on December 6, 1989:
Geneviève Bergeron
Hélène Colgan
Nathalie Croteau
Barbara Daigneault
Anne-Marie Edward
Maud Haviernick
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz
Maryse Laganière
Maryse Leclair
Anne-Marie Lemay
Sonia Pelletier
Michèle Richard
Annie St-Arneault
Annie Turcotte

In solidarity,

Occupational Health Clearance – Weekend Coverage

The Union has been raising the issue of members remaining on bookoff status or WIP due to a backlog at Occupational Health through our Union Management meetings and Labour Relations calls.  The Union was pleased to hear that the Company has instituted weekend coverage for both Air Canada Mainline and Air Canada Rouge members attempting to return.

PLEASE NOTE: The information below is for when you are requiring assistance on the weekend in your return to work progress.
Occupational Health Clearance – weekend coverage

Occupational Health (OH) will now be available on Saturdays and Sundays from 08:00 to 13:30 Eastern Time.

To obtain clearance from OH on the weekends, please send your detailed medical certificate to: Medical.ifs.weekend@aircanada.ca with your telephone number.

An OH nurse will follow up with you that same day. Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to your Crew Productivity Manager or Occupational Health Nurse.

OHS Weekend Return to Work Procedures

Occupational Health Service is now open on Saturdays and Sundays from 08:00 to 13:30 Eastern Time. Their working hours Monday to Friday remain the same (0830-1630 EST).

If you’re required to be cleared by Occupational Health Service on the weekend, please follow the steps below:

  • STEP 1: Send your detailed medical certificate to medical.ifs.weekend@aircanada.ca and provide the best phone number to reach you.
  • STEP 2: An OHS nurse will call you that same day to discuss your return to work; s/he will indicate whether all criteria are satisfied to clear you for a safe return to work.
  • STEP 3: If satisfactory, RME will be issued, and you may book back shortly after your call. If the nurse requires more information, s/he will provide that feedback to you.

Please reach out to your Local should you run into any issues or delays in your return to work.

In solidarity,