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 reserve@accomponent.ca 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 reserve@accomponent.ca.

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

Reserve Rules Regarding Days Off

Please note these rules are specific to Air Canada Mainline Reserve Members

Article B8 in our Collective Agreement speaks to the Reserve rules regarding non-inviolate and inviolate days off.

We have recently had an issue in which a member on reserve was asked to work into a Guaranteed Day Off. We have filed a grievance. In the spirit of trying to foster a strong knowledge base for our members we wanted to give a small backgrounder on Guaranteed Days off while on reserve status.

A Guaranteed Day Off (a.k.a. inviolate day) is just that, a guaranteed day in which you can have some stability in your schedule and set aside these days for important things like doctor’s appointments.

We negotiated new language for Regular Days Off (a.k.a. non inviolate day) in our last round of bargaining. This included a premium for working into your RDO’s because we felt that days off were important.  Generally speaking, when there is a premium paid, employers face a deterrent.

We did NOT negotiate a premium for GDO’s because they are inviolate and not to be flown on.  There are limited circumstances in which you may be required to work into a GDO.

In IRROPS situations things may happen that are out of the company’s control. On a GDO, in an IRROPS situation, you may be required to operate back to home base after a layover into a GDO.  This typically happens when one books crew rest, flight cancellation and delays causing a misconnection away from base.

The information below is an excerpt from the Reserve Handbook. If you do not have a copy of the Reserve Handbook you can find it HERE.

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you are not sure what your rights are, we encourage you to contact your Reserve Committee at reserve@accomponent.ca, contact your Local Union office by clicking Here or reach out to 247@accomponent.ca. It is a strong base of knowledge that will give us all confidence in voicing our rights. We sincerely believe that knowledge is power.


Jesse Matthews & Chanelle Gauthier
Co-Chairs, Reserve Committee

Reserve Preselect Removals – Settlement Reached

We are happy to advise that the Union was able to reach an agreement with Air Canada about preselects and when they can be removed.  Please click HERE to view the settlement. The agreement involved a grievance filed for a reserve flight attendant who was awarded a preselect overseas pairing which was removed and given to someone on […]

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