CHQ-rouge-22-06 – Excessive Drafting

The Union has filed grievance CHQ-rouge-22-06 – Excessive Drafting. Click HERE to view the grievance form.

This grievance is based on the last several weeks where we have seen the company drafting to proportions we have not seen in Rouge’s history. We have seen 245 drafts from January 1 to January 11, 2022. This is extremely excessive when we have 358 members currently working at Rouge.

We have tried showing the employer that this is taking a toll on their employees. We know the current reality at Rouge is not sustainable for our members. We were hopeful that the employer would adjust their staffing levels, but they have not. They suggested drafting would reduce after the holidays, but that has not proven to be true. We have heard your concerns about being overworked during a time when there are health and safety concerns regarding COVID exposure. We have heard from those who have worked nearly two weeks consecutively. Again, this is not sustainable and is creating fatigue and burn out for our members.

We hope the company takes our grievance seriously and that they cease and desist this excessive drafting practice.

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

Notice of Upcoming Election – Local Trustee 3-Year Term Position

In accordance with Appendix “C” of the Air Canada Component Bylaws, anyone wishing to be nominated for the available Local Trustee position should adhere to the following information:

A Trustee election shall be held every year. (Article C.3.1.b).

Members who wish to be nominated for the available Local Trustee position shall file nomination papers and a completed Oath of Nomination form, to be received by the Chairperson of the Component Tabulating Committee by February 15th in the calendar year preceding the Local Officer Elections. (Article C.4.1)

Candidates shall disclose their full name and intended position clearly on the nomination papers prior to soliciting signatures. (Article C.4.2)

Nomination forms, as provided by the Component Tabulating Committee, must have signatures from lesser of either: (a) Fifty (50) members of the eligible voters on the Local’s Membership List; or (b) Five (5%) percent of the eligible voters on the Local’s Membership List. (Article C.4.3)

The Oath of Nomination form (Appendix “F”) must be completed in its entirety in order to be accepted by the Tabulating Committee. (Article C.4.4)

* IMPORTANT: Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, and on an exceptional basis, the Component Tabulating Committee will accept electronic signatures on nomination forms for the available Local Trustee position.  An electronic signature must be the member’s actual signature and not simply the member’s name typed onto the nomination form. This will allow for members not actively in the workplace to nominate a candidate. The nomination form must be filled out in its entirety by the candidate, signed off and dated prior to scanning for electronically received signatures. We are doing this to ensure all members have an opportunity to run, as well as ensure all members have an opportunity to collect signatures, with the COVID pandemic in place, many of you are not able to access your work sites or Union offices due to not having a RAIC.

NOTE: For interested candidates, a complete instruction package with nomination sheets will be available on the Air Canada Component website www.accomponent.ca, as well as by request from your Local office, or by clicking HERE. It is recommended that you read the complete instruction package.

DEADLINE:  Completed original nomination sheets must be received no later than, February 15, 2022 at 16:00 EST at the following address:

AIR CANADA COMPONENT TABULATING COMMITTEE
25 BELFIELD ROAD
ETOBICOKE, ONTARIO   M9W 1E8
Nomination sheets received after February 15, 2022 at 16:00 EST will NOT be accepted. The Tabulating Committee recommends sending your documentation by registered mail to ensure timely delivery and receipt.

In Solidarity,

Your Component Tabulating Committee

Coronavirus Update 44B

This bulletin provides important updates (in red) and supersedes Coronavirus Update#44A issued on Monday December 27th.

Click HERE for a list of all important contacts.

COVID-19 COMPANY MEASURES:
Reporting concerns via health and safety complaints if you have them remains critical. Be as detailed as possible and provide suggestions if you have them. Please know that we continue to collaborate with the company on important initiatives that come directly from your comments ex. Masking challenges, PPE concerns etc.

See below for links to the Union’s reporting bulletins.

RIGHT TO REFUSE DANGEROUS WORK:
The Union is extremely busy, and it is useful that members consult both the information in their FAM as well as the Union’s work refusal bulletin if they have questions about their rights prior to reaching out. You can obtain a copy of the Union’s bulletin automatically by sending a blank email to rtr@accomponent.ca . This is an unmonitored account.

COMPANY COVID-19 POLICIES:
At ML ALL updated company policies including COVID-19 safe behaviour policy as well as Covid-19 Guidelines can be accessed via ACAeronet > HRConnex > Covid-19 mitigations banner at the top of the screen.

At Rg ALL updated company policies can be found on ACAeronet > Rouge > Human Resources > Human Resources Tools & Forms or on the COVID-19 resources tab.

NOTE:  The company’s COVID-19 Guidelines policy includes a provision for paid leave if you need to isolate in certain circumstances. If your case applies, please reach out to the local for assistance as this may allow you not to lose any sick days up until the date you received your results. We recommend that you: 1) Clearly document how your close contact was determined to have COVID-19: PCR or rapid test; 2) Test date; 3) If rapid test, was a second test performed to confirm etc.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU TEST POSITIVE OR HAVE SYMPTOMS:
Please continue to let us know of your positive cases by replying to this email.

  • If you have symptoms or test positive DO NOT come to work.
  • Book off. You do not need to call occupational health. Provide any relevant workplace contact tracing details to the book-off line personnel.
  • Call Medaire(ML) / Allianz (Rg) if on layover (Click HERE for a list of all important contacts)
  • It is highly recommended to document your illness via rapid tests (two) or PCR method if possible (preferable).

IF YOU HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE YOU CAUGHT IT AT WORK:
(Without notifications from public health about positive passenger exposure a lot of this relies on common sense, and you ARE permitted to file a report even if not contact traced):

  • File a work-related illness/injury report. Be as detailed as possible about how you may have been exposed to the virus while working.
  • Follow workers compensation procedures applicable to your home province (see grid below for links)
    • If WCB is approved you will not incur any lost sick days/hrs.
    • If WCB is denied, you will incur up to 7 sick days (using sick hours at Rg) and then fall on WIP/Insurance.
      • You will need to consult a doctor and have them fill out the medical portion of the insurance forms if your book off lasts more than 7 days so we strongly suggest having the physician complete these at the same time as the WCB forms (if required) to avoid multiple appointments.
    • If a book-off lasts more than 7 days, you MUST either fall on WIP/Insurance or workers compensation – one or the other. It isn’t optional.
  • Workers who test positive or who suspect they had COVID-19 must inform the book-off line when returning back to work – even if their illness/isolation occurred while on days off.
  • Workers who have satisfied provincial quarantine requirements and who have no symptoms can book back on via the book-off line – they do not need to pass through occupational health.
    • There are two very important exceptions to this:
      • Employees with residual symptoms after having completed their self-isolation period MUST contact Occupational Health Services to receive clearance in order to return to work.
      • Employees who experienced significant symptoms requiring medical evaluation and care MUST receive clearance from Occupational Health Services in order to return to work.
  • Speak to the local (Contact below) for guidance on the workers compensation process and return to work steps once you are better depending on your condition.

IF YOU BELIEVE YOU DID NOT CATCH IT AT WORK
(ex. You are confident that you were exposed by a friend who was positive or a child):

  • you will incur up to 7 sick days and then fall on WIP (ML) or Disability Insurance (RG).
    • You will need to consult a doctor and have them fill out the medical portion of the forms if your book off is expected to last more than 7 days.
  • If a book-off lasts more than 7 days, you MUST either fall on WIP/Insurance or workers compensation – one or the other. It isn’t optional.
  • Workers who test positive must inform the book-off line when returning back to work – even if their illness/isolation occurred while on days off.
  • Workers who have satisfied provincial quarantine requirements and who have no symptoms can book back on via the book-off line – they do not need to pass through occupational health.
    • There are two very important exceptions to this:
      • Employees with residual symptoms after having completed their self-isolation period MUST contact Occupational Health Services to receive clearance in order to return to work.
      • Employees who experienced significant symptoms requiring medical evaluation and care MUST receive clearance from Occupational Health Services in order to return to work.
  • Speak to the local (below) for guidance on the workers compensation process and return to work steps once you are better depending on your condition.

WORKERS COMPENSATION INFORMATION AND SUPPORT:
The union local offices support members with workers compensation. We have provided the links to the information required to start the process. Follow-up questions should be addressed to the local offices below.

Local Tel: Email Workers Comp Info
Local 4091 – Mainline YUL 514-422-2235 info@local4091.ca 4091 CNESST
Local 4092 – Mainline YYZ 905-676-4293 office@local4092.ca 4092 WSIB
Local 4094 – Mainline YVR 604-295-4259 officers@local4094.ca WorkSafeBC
Local 4095 – Mainline YYC 403-221-2625 office@local4095.ca https://local4095.ca/forms
Local 4098 – Rouge 905-678-6330 contact@cupe4098.ca http://www.cupe4098.ca/
or see 4091 info for YMQ

PREVIOUS RELEVANT UNION BULLETINS:
All Coronavirus Update bulletins can be accessed HERE
Reporting Bulletin can be accessed HERE
Reporting FAQ bulletin can be accessed HERE

RAPID TESTING:
We are aware that due to provincial governments rolling out rapid testing to the public, there have been shortages. The company continues to distribute kits across bases where they can be obtained through the crew support centres. Kits may be smaller to satisfy demand (5 per kit), and we remind you that they are for workplace use and that it remains important to upload results to the COVID-19 home testing app.

The Union’s follow-up bulletin on rapid testing with instructions can be found HERE.

PROVINCIAL GUIDELINES:
Provincial and territorial guidelines and policies are changing rapidly.

The updated list of provincial COVID-19 resource websites and contacts can be accessed HERE.

In Solidarity,

Letter to the Honourable Omar Alghabra

DELIVERED VIA EMAIL

 OPEN LETTER

January 7, 2022

Hon. Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transportation

Dear Minister Alghabra:
We are writing to you today in a sincere attempt to inform and advise you of our heightened concerns relating to the health and safety of our membership at Air Canada Mainline and Air Canada Rouge.

They carry with them the Canadian spirit which is to be good hosts on top of their usual important in-flight safety duties. Unfortunately, they are also frequently being called upon to police mask compliance, which is rampant, to deal with disruptive passengers and to navigate ever-changing COVID-19 protocols. These are coming out of foreign governments, the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments and these protocols impact their professional and private lives in a direct way given the nature of their work.

Added to all of this our members must carry out the wishes of the employer to continue to provide onboard service which in our view flies in the face of a prudent, safe, and healthy approach to onboard realities. Municipalities and provinces have recognised the danger that Omicron presents, and they have taken measures to stop the spread.  Unfortunately for our members Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge have not taken appropriate measures and continue to insist that customers be provided with onboard amenities akin to what was provided previously and the rationale for this is so that they can “compete”. It begs the question of what they are competing for. Most travellers want to get safely from point “a” to point “b”.

The fact is that the longer someone is eating and drinking onboard an aircraft, the longer they are maskless and the higher the risk of exposure is – regardless of things like onboard airflow.  As you know, the Omicron variant is extremely contagious – far more than previous variants that were driving public and corporate policy. We implore you to give better direction to employers who are putting the commercial enterprise ahead of the health and well-being of our members. The pandemic is still here, as much as we wish it wasn’t, and your department has an obligation to ensure that health and safety obligations for employers under Part II of the Canada Labour Code is respected. Our members are engaged in the safety process each and every time they put their uniform on but express a deep concern that the employer does not share this approach.

Now is not the time to concern ourselves with whether or not someone got the cheese service onboard, it is the time to limit onboard service to the most practical and safe process available. Your own department encourages eating to last no longer than 15 minutes in advice to passengers and the airline industry. During difficult times, tough, unpopular decisions are necessary. This is especially true when they are the right decisions to protect the health and well-being of citizens.

In closing, despite hundreds of reports filed under the Internal Complaint Resolution Process questioning the safety of onboard service levels and how they conflict with required and recommended COVID-19 protections and contribute to risk, it took a work refusal for anyone in your department to recognize the concerns we are raising in this letter. That’s not how the law is supposed to work.

It is also fair to point out that the recent Sunwing incident, although extreme, has highlighted the issues of noncompliance and a complete disregard for Flight Attendants.  Our Prime Minister seems to share this concern as well, so we implore you to take this seriously.

We ask that you consult and investigate this matter so that we can all rest easy in the knowledge that we did all that we could to protect our vulnerable members of society and to stand proud of our decisions.  History will be kind to some who chose to act responsibly, and we want to be on the right side of that divide.

Sincerely,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

cc: Right Honourable Justin Trudeau – Prime Minister of Canada
Theresa Mitchell – Vice President, Air Canada Component of CUPE
Alex Habib – Secretary-Treasurer, Air Canada Component of CUPE
Guillaume Leduc – President, CUPE Local 4091 – Air Canada
Denis Montpetit – President, CUPE Local 4092 – Air Canada
Carolyn Bugnon – President, CUPE Local 4094 – Air Canada
Kim Wentzell – President, CUPE Local 4095 – Air Canada
Craig Smith – President, CUPE Local 4098 – Air Canada Rouge
Kevin Tyrrell – National Representative, CUPE National
Chantale Grenon-Nyenhuis – Assistant Director Organizing and Regional Services, CUPE National
Alexandra Chang Pinosa – Senior Research Officer, CUPE National
Hugh Pouliot – Communications, CUPE National
Air Canada Component of CUPE Membership

Click HERE for PDF version of this letter.

Coronavirus Update 47

The Canada Labour Code states:

General duty of employer

124 Every employer shall ensure that the health and safety at work of every person employed by the employer is protected.

A work refusal occurred on December 27, 2021 regarding onboard service levels which was investigated by Transport Canada.

On the 4th of January, the employer received a direction from TC as a result. It noted that the company had failed to fulfill its general duty under section 124.  The company has been granted an extension until the 10th of January to cease non-compliance and until the 14th to provide a detailed response of how it intends to comply. The company also has 30 days to file an appeal with the Canada Industrial Relations Board.

The full direction is posted and can be viewed by any employee on the health and safety board in each crew centre.

Your health and safety committee continues to work with the employer, particularly in light of this development to address the concerns reported by members. Further updates will be communicated when there is news.

In Solidarity,