Oct 9, 2011 UPDATE Air Canada Receives Strike Notice from CUPE

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  1. global_happy_traveller
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    Ticketing policy revised so customers can change bookings free of charge

    October 9, 2011 –Air Canada has been advised by CUPE, the union representing the airline’s 6,800 flight attendants, that the new tentative agreement reached by the Company and the union’s negotiating committee on September 20, 2011 was not ratified by the union membership. Subsequently, Air Canada has been given a strike notice by CUPE confirming the union’s intention to begin a strike at 00:01 a.m. ET Thursday October 13, 2011. In the interim, Air Canada’s operations are not affected and the airline will continue to operate its normal schedule.

    "We are perplexed and disappointed that two tentative agreements negotiated in good faith with and unanimously recommended by the democratically elected representatives of our flight attendants have failed to be ratified," said Duncan Dee, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Air Canada remains hopeful that a disruption can be avoided.”

    In recognition of the uncertainty for customers this situation may cause, Air Canada has introduced a flexible rebooking policy to enable customers booked for travel over the next six days on a rolling window basis (October 10-15, 11-16, etc.) to change dates free of charge until December 15, 2011, subject to seat availability.

    Customers wishing to change Air Canada- and Air Canada Express-operated flights on tickets purchased directly through Air Canada are requested to use the airline’s on-line Self Service Rebooking Tool available at www.aircanada.com. Customers who booked travel through a travel agent must contact their agent directly. Customers can also contact the Air Canada call centre, however wait times are longer than usual due to increased call volumes.

    In the event of a work disruption, Air Canada will implement a partial schedule including Air Canada Express flights operated by its regional partner airlines (Jazz Air, Sky Regional Airlines, Air Georgian and EVAS Air). Further details of the partial schedule would be communicated prior to implementation. Regularly scheduled Air Canada Express service between Toronto City Centre and Montreal Trudeau airport, as well as codeshare flights operated by Star Alliance partner airlines on international and U.S. transborder routes, would remain unaffected.

    Air Canada will continue to provide updates as developments warrant.
    For more information and the most recent updates, please consult aircanada.com. You can also follow @AirCanada on Twitter and Facebook.

    Source: http://www.aircanada.com/en/news/trav_adv/labour_updates.html
     
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    Looks like my gut feel may have been wrong (not that it's the first time). Between pending back-to-work legislation, and the fact that the company didn't reject any of the union demands, I am surprised they are moving directly from a rejection vote to a strike.

    Ah, reading the press release on the CUPE web site, there is one critical piece of information:
    So if the union wanted to be able to strike, they had to give notice pretty much immediately. That doesn't actually mean that they will strike as of 13 October -- they will just be in a position to do so.

    My gut may not be out to lunch after all. :)
     
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    Gives Parliament three days to act. My next AC flight is on Wednesday so just under the wire.
     
  4. tomh009
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    I have two weeks off travel, not flying until the 22nd (YYZ-NRT). Hopefully by then it's all sorted out. Or at least waiting for yet another ratification vote ...
     

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