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Policy Grievance – Wage Rate and Benefits for Members Recalled to Rouge – MEDIATION UPDATE

I am writing to you today with an update on policy grievance CHQ-20-13 – Wage Rate and Benefits for Members Recalled to Rouge (click HERE to view).

As a reminder, the grievance was filed in response to the employer’s plan to recall Cabin Personnel – Flight Attendants and Pursers/Service Directors – on layoff from Mainline to Air Canada Rouge’s operations.   The Collective Agreement requires that these Cabin Personnel be provided with “their Air Canada Mainline wage rate with Air Canada Mainline benefits” while at Rouge (Article 17.04.02).  The purpose of this provision was to ensure that Mainline Cabin Personnel wage rates were protected if they were recalled to Rouge.

The grievance proceeded to mediation today before Chief Arbitrator Kaplan. Your entire ACCEX was present at 9am to open discussion. There were signification discussions with the Arbitrator and unfortunately at this time a settlement has not been reached.  The Union anticipates scheduling further date(s) to address the grievance and will keep you updated.

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE