Highlights Of The Tentative Agreement


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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT
BETWEEN
AIR CANADA/CANADIAN AIRLINES INTERNATIONAL LTD.
- and -
CAW-CANADA AND ITS LOCAL 1990


SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2000

The collective agreement at Air Canada will replace the collective agreement between Canadian Airlines and CAW Local 1990.

The agreement is effective June 3, 2000 and expires March 27, 2004.

Effective June 3, 2000:

  • Seniority lists will remain separate on a no win no loss basis. However, there is a process to resolve the seniority issue if the Air Canada management abuses the system, the arbitration process would be initiated by one of the two CAW locals, and the arbitrator's hearings would take place in every major city. The arbitrator's decision would be legally binding on the company and the two CAW locals.
  • Job security guarantees with no layoffs and no forced relocation until March 27, 2004. The call centres in Calgary and St John are also protected from closure, along with the other call centres.
  • The Wage Reduction Program stops.
  • Parity with Air Canada wage scales.
  • 3% wage increase in 2001; 2.5% wage increase in 2002; and again in 2003.
  • Air Canada work rules will be implemented.
  • Provision to handle each others' work (between Air Canada and Canadian Airlines).
  • The hours of Reduced Time employees will be preserved for the life of the agreement.
  • Protection for employees in jobs which fall under cross-union jurisdictions (operations, cargo and baggage services).
  • Protection for employees currently under the retirement-phase-in program.
  • Leads will now be elected.
  • Protection for those employees currently enrolled in the sabbatical leave program.
  • A commitment to develop a process for the filling of vacancies.
  • Voluntary separation packages, with an adjusted date to maintain the 1992 ratio of earnings to the YMPE.

1. WAGES

Effective June 3, 2000 the Wage Reduction Program will be discontinued.

Canadian Airlines' employees will then be placed on the Air Canada pay scale at the applicable hourly pay rates, closest to but not less than the employee's current hourly wage rate, and will be paid the weekly rate consistent with Article 6.01 of the Air Canada agreement.

Step-on-scale wage progression will be as provided for in Article 5.03 (every six months) based on the employee's date of progression into their current level on the scale.

Reduced Time employees will receive step-on-scale increases every six months, rather than the current service requirement of 975 hours of work. Employees will be credited with their accumulated service for the next step on scale.

2. EMPLOYMENT SECURITY

We have secured job guarantees for all employees for four years.

No employee will be subject to involuntary layoff from their Base, or involuntary relocation from their Base, until March 27, 2004.

The call centres in Calgary and St John are also guaranteed to remain in operation for the life of the agreement.

3. SENIORITY

Two separate seniority lists will be maintained and administered. If the process is believed to be a detriment to our members this matter will be resolved through the following steps:

  • discussion with the CAW Local 2213 and the National Union
  • referral to an arbitrator (requiring unanimous support of the bargaining committee of the referring Local).

The arbitrator will conduct hearings in nine major centres across the country to allow union members to make presentations on the issue. Each Local Union will be represented independently by legal counsel.

The decision will be final and binding on both parties and the costs will be shared equally between the Local Unions and Air Canada.

4. WORK SCHEDULES

Schedules will be developed in accordance with Article 6.03 of the Air Canada/CAW Local 2213 collective agreement.

The exception to this is the protection of hours for Reduced Time employees based on the average hours worked at the location over the past year.

These shifts will be bid and implemented effective June 3, 2000.

Shift will be allocated based on the relative ratio of each employee group's access to available functions and available shift start times.

5. CONCIERGE POSITIONS

Concierge positions will cease to exist. Canadian Airlines employees may bid the VIP function where such positions are identified by the company as an operational requirement.

6. CUSTOMER SERVICE LEADS

Employees who wish to remain in the function will be considered qualified and may stand for approval through an election process under the Air Canada agreement. All leads must be elected every three years.

8. RECLASSIFICATION INTO CUSTOMER SALES AND SERVICE AGENT

Employees identified as JVCDC, Passenger Service Representative (PSR), Sales & Service agent and Group Specialist will be incorporated into the Customer Sales and Service Agent classification.

Employees in JVCDC, PSR, and Groups may remain in these functions subject to operational and/or information technology requirements.

9. JURISDICTIONAL POSITIONS

Employees in the functions/classifications of:

Operations Agents (Turn Coordinators), Central Cargo Loadplan, Cargo Services and Baggage Services, will remain in these functions/classifications until union jurisdictional issues are resolved.

10. CREW SCHEDULING

These employees will continue to be covered under Agreement #3 between Canadian Airlines and CAW Local 1990 until discussions can be held involving Local 2213 and the company for a new collective agreement.

11. VACATIONS

Vacations for the year 2000 will be taken as bid. Vacations for the year 2001 will be bid separately under the Air Canada agreement.

12. SABBATICAL LEAVE

Employees who have commenced a sabbatical leave program will have the option of terminating their participation or continuing in the plan until their leave has been taken.

No new leaves will be permitted.

13. TRANSFERS AND CHANGE OF STATUS

The company and the two Locals will meet after ratification to determine how vacancies will be filled

14. GRIEVANCES, DISCIPLINE AND ARBITRATION

The company and the union will meet to discuss a resolution of all outstanding issues. Until such agreement is reached, Articles 23 & 24 (grievances, discipline and arbitration) of the Canadian Airlines/CAW Local 1990 agreement will remain in effect for these grievances until they are resolved.

15. UNION BUSINESS

Time off for union business will be in accordance with the Air Canada/Local 2213 agreement. This will increase the number of hours available to our District Chairpersons and Union Representatives.

16. INSURANCE PLANS, BENEFITS AND PENSION PLANS

The company and the union will meet after ratification to discuss a transition to the Air Canada benefit plans. Details of these will be included in the information package distributed to members.

Employees on the retirement phase-in will be guaranteed their current terms, conditions and benefits to the extent they exceed those for Air Canada employees on retirement phase-in. Future elections for retirement phase-in will come under the Air Canada agreement which only provides retiree benefits and passes.

17. AIR CANADA PENSION PLAN

Canadian employees will participate in the Air Canada plan for future service. The combined Canadian and Air Canada service will be utilized to determine service eligibility for retirement.

18. RESERVATIONS/AEROPLAN OFFICES

Employees with a seniority date of April 1, 1999 will not be laid off or relocation from their base due to a closure of a Reservations or Aeroplan office.

This language already existed in the Air Canada/CAW Local 2213 agreement, and now the call centres of St John and Calgary have been included.

19. LANGUAGE

Following ratification the company and the union will meet to discuss the application of the Official Languages Act and the application of Letter of Understanding No 6 in the Air Canada agreement, with respect to route languages for Canadian Airlines employees. Under this provision the company designates routes at gateway bases (Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary and Toronto) which require specific language capabilities

20. SPECIAL BENEFITS FOR AIR CANADA EMPLOYEES

Air Canada employees will be granted Air Canada shares as follows, effective on ratification:

Full time employees - 100 shares

Part time employees - 50 shares

Further on March 31, 2002

Full time employees - 100 shares

Part time employees - 50 shares

Air Canada employees will also be exempt from travel service charge for a one year period (not including Partner passes or Family Affaire).


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