Air Canada 2011 Labour Relations Discussion Thread

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  1. ACMM
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    Well there are a number of things coming up in 2011 that will be interesting to watch as they play out. CAW contract expiring in a couple of weeks; other collective agreements at the end of March 2011. I thought this thread may be an useful addition for discussions about those upcoming events.

    This article was in the Globe and Mail this morning.

    Also on Feb 06 2011, the Globe and Mail article on the discussions starting up.
     
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    Air Canada, sales agents to continue labor talks
    Link to reuters article is here

    VANCOUVER, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Air Canada (ACa.TO) (ACb.TO) and its unionized customer service and sales agents are prepared to continue contract negotiations beyond next Monday's expiry of the current agreement, the union said on Tuesday.

    Some points to note:
    • Contract expires on Feb. 28, 2011
    • One of five labor contracts expiring by March 31
    • Union expects "significant increases" for sacrifices
     
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    AC is giving each employee $500 in shares in 2011, and another $500 deferred to 2014. CAW was not happy about this, though.
     
  4. no wonder when the union blew it the last time they got shares.
     
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    And your point is what exactly?
     
  6. im not surprised the union does not want AC shares.
     
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    and the next phase begins ...

    Flight attendants to begin talks with Air Canada

    From the Financial Post:

    Scott Deveau, Financial Post · Sunday, Mar. 6, 2011
    The union representing Air Canada's flight attendants intends to begin formal labour talks with the airline's management on April 6.
    Jeff Taylor, Air Canada Component of CUPE president, which represents 6,500 flight attendants at the airline, said the union served formal notice to commence bargaining Sunday.
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    From Reuters Canada last evening...

    Air Canada sales agent union asks for conciliator


    VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The union representing 3,800 customer service and sales agents at Air Canada (ACa.TO: Quote) (ACb.TO: Quote) said on Monday it has asked the federal government to appoint a conciliator as "little progress" has been made in month-long labor talks."
     
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    Air Canada pilots to vote on tentative deal April 15-27

    Canadian Press - April 08 2011

    By The Canadian Press


    TORONTO - Air Canada pilots will vote April 15-27 on a tentative agreement reached with the airline on March 18.

    The Air Canada Pilots Association says details will be explained to the pilots in a series of private meetings across the country beginning next week.

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    Air Canada Pilots Cancel Ratification vote

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    The Canadian Press, On Friday April 15, 2011, 12:15 pm
    By The Canadian Press
    TORONTO - Air Canada pilots have cancelled a ratification vote on their tentative agreement with the airline that had been scheduled to begin Friday.
    In a brief news release, the Air Canada Pilots Association says the decision to cancel was made after membership meeting this week at which contents of the deal were explained by the association's Master Executive Council.
    It says some parts of the proposed agreement "proved controversial among the pilots, leading the MEC to reconsider the vote."
    More meetings are planned for next week to consider alternatives.
    The Air Canada Pilots Association is the largest professional pilot group in Canada, representing the more than 3,000 pilots who operate Air Canada's mainline fleet.
     
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    Anyone know what the concerns are?
     
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    1,900 Air Canada employees vote to move on to Aveos

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    Mechanics with seniority or close to retirement expected to stick with airline

    BY FRANÇOIS SHALOM, THE GAZETTE APRIL 19, 2011

    Early counts of Air Canada mechanics who voted until last Friday indicate that 1,900 of them voted to transfer to Aveos Fleet Performance Inc.

    Another 375 voted to go to Aveos if they cannot maintain their positions at Air Canada.
     
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    Air Canada pilots to vote on removing union chairman


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    Scott Deveau Apr 20, 2011 – 4:19 PM ET | Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011 6:12 PM ET


    The Air Canada Pilots Association members will begin voting on a motion to recall their chairman, Capt. Bruce White, Thursday after a new tentative agreement he agreed to put out for a ratification vote last week came up against stiff opposition from the union’s membership.
    The union’s negotiating committee will also head back to the table to determine how the membership’s concerns with the proposed pact could best be addressed.
    ACPA’s leadership was in meetings for the past two days to determine what the union’s next move would be after the ratification vote was called off last Friday.
    “They’re going to go back and talk to Air Canada to sort through some of the concerns that have been presented by the pilots,” said Capt. Paul Strachan, ACPA president.

    More in the link above ...
     
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    Air Canada: Bumping process will take months

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    BY FRANÇOIS SHALOM, MONTREAL GAZETTE APRIL 20, 2011

    MONTREAL - The months-long job-bumping game of musical chairs starts now, after roughly 4,000 Air Canada mechanics officially chose whether to stay employees of the airline or transfer permanently to maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) firm Aveos Fleet Performance Ltd., formerly a unit of Air Canada.
    The official count among the mechanics who picked one of seven choices placed before them in a weeks-long process that ended Friday – including retirement or resignation – is 2,136 mechanics whose first choice was to stay with Air Canada.

    More at the link above
     
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    Air Canada pilots’ contract up in air over discount carrier

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    More at link above ...
     
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    The ACPA ratification vote could be very interesting...... ;)
     
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    Air Canada Pilots Reschedule Vote on Tentative Agreement


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    Given the ACPA fiasco and the AC mechanics unhappiness with the transfer to AVEOS, I am now convinced that one or more AC unions will play serious hardball with the airline and a strike vote in at least one union will happen....for the final outcome, all bets are off.
     
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    Just walked into the YOW MLL and was greeted by the dragons proclaiming to every passenger that they just heard that their vote had been 90% (?) in favour to strike on the 13th of June. After the normal "why we deserve more" prostelytism, I was also told to "go tell your friends about this, we're trying to be discreet here." Right....discreet....
     
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    They may want to ask their colleagues over at British Airways how the whole strike thing works out.
     
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    "Air Canada’s various unions have been discussing alternatives to the company’s proposal to move new hires into a different pension scheme.
    At the same time, the head of the flight attendants union said Thursday he is still open to the possibility of a proposed low-cost carrier at Air Canada, provided management can come up with a model that works for the union’s members."

    http://business.financialpost.com/2011/05/26/air-canada-unions-discuss-pension-alternatives/
     
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    Arrived at YEG at 6 am this morning and one of the unions had their people handing out leaflets in front of the doors at the AC end of the terminal. The only person that I saw stop was an AC Pilot and the floor inside the door was starting to collect a fair number of leaflets.
     
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    As much as I respect the right to collective bargaining, it's not a substitute for common sense. The model is broken...things will not be the same ever again. The good old days were back when there was no competition, and most people didn't fly. The public sector, and I still include AC in that bucket, need to realize that the people paying the bills don't have unlimited cash. Look at what's going on with Canada Post right now.

    Now, having said that, the management at AC need to recognize that they can't keep taking large bonuses and stock options without incurring some wrath.

    Well run, profitable companies will succeed. Right now AC management seem to have half a clue what to do...but only half!
     
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    Rather than start a new thread for this post I thought best to add it in this thread ... finally some good news (?)

    Air Canada Confirms Ratification of New Collective Agreements by U.K. Employees

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