The Airline Division of CUPE represents both the AC and CP fa's. CAW covers the reservation and airport agents for both airlines an IAM the other groud staff as you thought. Denise Hill herself is actually a Canadian Regional Flight Attendant and, on the personal side, is the common-law partner of Buzz Hargrove.
The common employer application was filed on Mat 19th and the response from managment on June 30th was to support it.
Shall I bite on what the conditions are? Why not. A number of working conditions, superior to those of a similar nature found in the AC contract, have been lost by CAIL members but it was expected. These items can now be put back on the table when this new contract expires June 30, 2004. The significant differences to adopting the pure AC contract are covered in letters of intent. Highlights are:
1. Wage parity effective Jun. 1/00 and inclusion for the 3% increase due Nov. 1/00. The WRP program (wage rollback) is cancelled and the wages deducted from Apr.1/00 to date will be reimbursed.
2. CAIL fa's are now eligible for Voluntary Separation packages. CAIL fa's will not become members of the AC pension plan until legal ownership is assumed.
3. AC will pay 100% of the cost to outfit CAIL members with the AC uniform (fittings started Jul 5). AC employees pay a portion.
4. CAIL will continue with the position of CSD until there is a single collective agreement.
5. All leaves that have been granted will remain in effect.
6. CAIL fa's can keep their present bidding system which is "preferential" versus "line" (preferential - bidding on individual flight sequences throughout the bid period. line - bidding on a full set of sequences created for the entire bid period as prepared by crew planning). The practice of "mini-blocks" can be continued. This was a measure instigated in a cost savings attempt whereby CAIL fa's fly only 1/2 of the required flight hours per month.
7. Bankruptcy protection.
8. No involuntary base relocation.
9. No layoff guarantee until 2004.
The 81% vote in favour clearly states that CAIL CUPE members happily embrace being one step closer to a full integration http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif