Summer 2022 Reserve Committee Update

There have been an incredible seven phases of initial training for new hire flight attendants completed this year and more to follow. This growth in our numbers means many members are concurrently experiencing reserve for the first time. This comes with many questions regarding life on reserve, including knowing the “how-to” of reserve and one’s contractual rights while on reserve. Your Component Reserve Committee is pleased to announce that our next Zoom Reserve seminar will be conducted on August 18, 2022 @ 10:00h Pacific Time / 13:00h Eastern Time. The initial presentation will last approximately 60-80 minutes and then there will be an open question period at the end of the presentation for everyone’s mutual benefit. All members are welcome to attend. The meeting link is as follows:

We look forward to seeing you there!

With the increase in flight assignments to reserve members this summer it is prudent to review the key rules associated with the upper limit to one’s flying, also known as the Maximum Monthly Limitation. B5.01.01 in the Collective Agreement, summarized on Page 5 of the Reserve Handbook, states the following:

Maximum Monthly Limitation: The maximum flight time limitation shall be eighty (80) hours per month on jet aircraft.
At the discretion of the Company, the maximum flight time limitation shall be increased to eighty-five (85) hours per month on jet aircraft, for a maximum of four (4) months per year.

Please note, that if you take a Leave of Absence or are unavailable for duty at any time during the block month, you will have 2:10 deducted from your MML for each day of your LOA or unavailability until your next reserve duty day (B4.05.01 in the Collective Agreement, summarized on Page 5 of the Reserve Handbook).

Release At 77 Hours (B8.11)
When you have completed 77 or more flying hours and have at least two remaining reserve duty days, you may call Crew Scheduling to request to be released for the remainder of the block month. At the time of your call, Crew Scheduling must either assign you a final pairing or release you from reserve duty for the rest of the month; they cannot ask you to call back later. If you are released, your remaining reserve duty days become RDOs instead. If you are given a final assignment, it is subject to the governance of the Return to Base Extension clause found in B5.01.05.

Return to Base Extension (B5.01.05)
It is possible in a handful of situations to legally fly beyond your MML; one of them is the Return to Base Extension. Let’s look at the contractual language for this found in B5.01.05 and summarized on Page 6 of the Reserve Handbook:

Cabin Personnel shall be legal to operate a flight sequence in excess of the maximum monthly limitation only to complete their return to Home Base in the same month provided that half (1⁄2) the projected flight time and credits for the entire flight sequence does not project them beyond the maximum monthly limitation.

Let’s look at a practical example. Say you have 10 hours available in an 85-hour block month and you are assigned an LHR pairing worth 18:30. Half of the projected flight time credit for this pairing is 18:30 / 2 = 9:15. Because 9:15 is less than or equal to 10:00, this is a legal assignment via use of the Return to Base Extension.

Please also note that the Return to Base Extension cannot be applied for an overlap pairing (B5.01.05.01).

We hope this helps to elucidate these important rules governing your final flight assignments each month. As always, we welcome your questions at should you require further clarification.

Happy travels!

In Solidarity,

Jesse Matthews & Chanelle Gauthier
Co-Chairs, Reserve Committee

Reserve Committee – Spring 2022 Update

It is an exciting time for all of us as we see growth in our flying schedule and accordingly in the number of newly hired Flight Attendants and new Service Directors. We would like to formally welcome you all to your respective new positions.

In collaboration with your Component Executive this past month we have updated the Reserve Handbook for your benefit. Click HERE to view the updated handbook.

This past month we also held multiple Zoom reserve seminars for the purpose of educating our members systemwide and they were well received by the members in attendance. We intend to run more of these seminars in future months and will provide advance notice of them for your benefit.

We would also like to take the time to introduce the first of a series of educational bulletins aimed at the reserve experience. This addresses the sequence in which flying is awarded, one of the more frequently asked questions we have gotten from the reserve membership in recent days:

Open Flying Award Sequence
The following explanation is based on the Collective Agreement rules provided in B8.22. Please note that the Union is aware that a Crew Scheduler recently posted information on Yammer in response to some reserve questions. However, the Union in no way is accepting the Company’s position as written on Yammer, and always reserves the right to file grievances if it is found that a violation of the Collective Agreement has taken place. Please always check with your Local Union office or Reserve Committee if unsure of your rights or if information provided to you by a Company representative is accurate or not.


Reserve is the 4th step of the award sequence:

Open Flying Award sequence (B7.04)
1. Blockholder Make-Up/Reserve Preselect
2. Reassignment
3. VE/100 Hours
4. Reserve
5. Draft — Deadhead Crew
6. Draft Sequence

Once Crew Scheduling reaches reserve in the order of assignment the following criteria are considered for reserve assignment:

Reserve Assignment Criteria (B8.22)
1. Time Balance (B8.22.01.03)
2. Restrictions (i.e. crew rest, whether an assignment will over project a reserve resulting in a drop of a preselect pairing)
3. Language requirement
4. Days available before days off

Call-In Reserves
When required to contact Crew Scheduling to confirm your assignment at call-in time (2000-2300 in your home base’s time zone), reserves must always CALL Crew Scheduling. Do not accept assignments via globe notification at any time. Always call in to speak with a Crew Scheduler as calls are recorded and there will be a record of what was discussed in case there are any issues with an assignment. The Collective Agreement is clearly worded to include the word “Call” in “Call-In Reserve”. Please always preserve your rights and use your cellphone to make the “call” to Crew Scheduling at call-in time.

If Crew Scheduling does not have sufficient time to follow the award sequence, they immediately begin “Airport Move-Up”, which is outlined in the Collective Agreement in B8.32 as follows:

Airport Move-Up
If insufficient notice makes the draft process in Article B9.03 impractical, flight coverage will be provided through the move-up of total or partial crews in reverse order of seniority. The move-up will be done in a manner which minimizes the disruption to subsequent crews, and will occur in the following sequence:

I. Crews from ANOTHER base to HOME BASE ONLY on scheduled duty days ONLY.
II. Crews at their Home Base on scheduled duty days.
III. Crews at their Home Base INTO scheduled days off.


You may have noticed that of the many criteria that go into a reserve assignment, the single most notable criterion missing is seniority, and that’s because seniority does not govern any award on reserve with the exception of the first day of the block month where no other tie-breaking criteria exist between reserves and also with the exception of the daily reserve pre-select awards (which is completed in Step 1 in the Open Flying Award sequence mentioned above).

If you believe that a pairing has been awarded out of sequence, you will need to reach out to your Local Union Officers to assist. We hope this helps elucidate the reserve award process for everyone. We will gladly accept suggestions for future topics at and welcome any of your reserve-related questions as always. We look forward to hearing from you!

In solidarity,

Jesse Matthews & Chanelle Gauthier-Berthelet
Co-Chairs, Component Reserve Committee

Updated Reserve Handbook

We would like to take this time to welcome everyone back to flying after considerable time away. It is truly wonderful to see so many familiar faces once again! A warm welcome also to all of the members who have recently completed flow through to mainline.

For many of our members it is either their first time flying on reserve at mainline or it has been a long time since last doing so. After consulting with the membership at large we have updated the Reserve Handbook to provide answers for some of the more common inquiries that we have received in recent days.  Click HERE to view the updated handbook.

One of the most notable parts of the update relates to differentiating between the two main types of releases and Leaves of Absence (LOAs), including how each one of the three affects scheduling and pay. This is clarified in the Reserve Handbook on Pages 4 and 5 under Call-In “C” Days, Ready Reserve “R” Days, and Minimum Monthly Guarantee (MMG). We hope going forward that this will remove any doubt, but please feel free to reach out as always if any further clarification is needed.

Your Component Reserve Committee can be reached at for all of your reserve-related questions. It is our honour and privilege to be of service to you and enrich your understanding; please let us know how we can help and how we can continue to improve in assisting all of our reserve members.

In solidarity,

Jesse Matthews & Annie Robichaud
Co-Chairs, Component Reserve Committee

Reserve Handbook

As many of you have not flown reserve in several years, we felt it was a good time to issue a refresher with the Reserve Handbook and its updates.

Please click HERE to view the newly updated Reserve Handbook.

As always please reach out to me or to your local office if you need further clarity or have any questions.

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

Voluntary Extension and Reserve

(This applies to Air Canada Mainline only)

The Union has been contacted regarding specifics around the voluntary extension process when on reserve.

We have compiled some information below to help make this process easier for you to understand and follow.

Should a reserve member wish to volunteer for voluntary extension, one of these 3 conditions must be met:
• The Maximum Monthly Limitation (80 or 85 hours) has been reached;
• No Reserve availability days remaining in the month (ie C or R days); or
• You have been released pursuant to Article B8.11.01.

B8.11.01  An employee who, at the termination of his/her last duty period, has accumulated seventy-seven (77) or more hours of flight time credits, and has at least two (2) scheduled reserve duty days remaining will, at his/her OPTION, be released from further reserve duty in that month provided s/he cannot be assigned at that time. If s/he is assigned a pairing s/he will be released on those reserve duty days not involved in the assignment. The option to decline such pre-assignment as per B8.28 does not apply.

You cannot volunteer for VE on inviolate days off (GDO’s).  You can only volunteer on non-inviolate days off (RDO’s).

Any hours flown on voluntary extension will be paid over and above your MMG (75 hours).

Reserve blockholders can forfeit up to 3 non-inviolate days off (RDO’s) for VE but you must still maintain a minimum of 10 days off per month.

Reserves can volunteer for a pairing that operates on an overlap into reserve days in the next month.  However, hours flown into reserve days in your next reserve block month will be absorbed within your MMG and will not be paid over and above your 75-hour MMG.

When operating a pairing on voluntary extension that overlaps from one reserve month into another reserve month, your maximum monthly limitation in the second reserve month does NOT get extended to 100 hours.  This also applies if operating a VE pairing on an overlap from a regular block month into an RSV block month.

If you have any questions with regards to the Voluntary Extension process or other reserve concerns, please reach out to your local or to

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE