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.
We will keep all members appraised as we move through the process.
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE