In 2017 the Union filed grievance CHQ-rouge-17-46 – Reporting for Duty, based on Air Canada Rouge requiring Cabin Personnel to be at the aircraft or gate at their check-in time, which is 1-hour before departure. This requirement failed to recognize the pre-flight duties and time required to go through security. The grievance was scheduled to proceed to arbitration last month, however the parties were mutually able to agree to a settlement prior to the hearing. A Memorandum of Settlement (MOS) was reached earlier this month and effective immediately, the time Rouge Cabin Personnel are expected to be at the aircraft has been adjusted to provide for a minimum of 10 minutes between check-in time and the time crew are expected to be at the aircraft. This is subject to a trial period of 24 months.
For our Rouge Cabin Crew Members your check-in time now remains at the one-hour mark before departure, however you are not required to be at the aircraft/gate until 50 minutes before departure. This information will also be communicated in The Weekly and we believe ePub will be updated at a later date. This change will also align with the Mainline reporting for duty times. We are pleased that this reasonable expectation is now extended to our Rouge members, and we will continue to evaluate throughout the trial period through the membership.
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE
President, Local 4098 – Rouge