2021 Airline Division Convention and CUPE National Convention

Delegate Representation at the 2021 Airline Division Convention and CUPE National Convention

Airline Division Convention
November 21, 2021
CUPE National Convention
November 22 – 26, 2021

 

PLEASE NOTE: It has not yet been determined whether the convention will be held virtually or in person.  That decision will be made by CUPE National on August 24, 2021.

If it is an in-person convention, it will take place at the Vancouver Convention Centre in British Columbia, and registration will begin at 11:30 AM on Sunday, November 21st. If the convention cannot be held in person, a secure virtual platform will be used, and the convention hours will be adjusted to accommodate participation by members from across our five time zones.

Air Canada Component Delegate Representation
Delegate representation at the Airline Division Convention and the CUPE Convention shall be in accordance with the CUPE Constitution. The number of delegates* for the Air Canada Component is as follows:

Local 4091 – YUL Local President + 2 delegates 3
Local 4092 – YYZ Local President + Component Vice President + Component Secretary-Treasurer + 2 delegates 5
Local 4094 – YVR Local President + 3 delegates 4
Local 4095 – YYC Local President + 1 delegate 2
Local 4098 – Rouge Local President 1

 

* Each Local may also elect one alternate delegate.  An alternate delegate shall only be permitted on the floor of the Convention while replacing a delegate from the same chartered organization and while in possession of that delegate’s badge.

Interested in Being a Delegate?
You must collect signatures on the Delegate Nomination Paper in the Delegate package. Members wishing to be nominated must have 50 signatures or 5% of the ‘Local’ eligible voters, whichever is the lesser (see below for 5% requirements).

Local Minimum signatures required
4091 – YUL 23 signatures
4092 – YYZ 50 signatures
4094 – YVR 32 signatures
4095 – YYC 6 signatures
4098 – Rouge 3 signatures

* IMPORTANT: Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, and on an exceptional basis, the Component Tabulating Committee will accept electronic signatures on delegate nomination forms for the 2021 Airline Division Convention and CUPE National Convention.  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 for a delegate position. 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.

If more Delegates apply than there are positions, an election will take place. You can download a detailed package, which includes nomination papers, from the Component website: www.accomponent.ca or by clicking HERE. If you have any questions, please email contact@accomponent.ca.

ORIGINAL signed delegate nomination papers must be received by the Component Tabulating Chairperson at 25 Belfield Road, Etobicoke, ON, M9W 1E8, no later than 16:00 EDT on August 25, 2021. Candidates must complete each Nomination Sheet in its entirety.

In Solidarity,

Your Component Tabulating Committee

Recall Process Review for Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge

This bulletin is being provided as guidance and for informational purposes only.  If there is any variance between this bulletin and the Collective Agreement or any applicable legislation, they shall take precedence.

Dear Members,

With the steady pace of recalls we have seen over the past few weeks and the announcement of Rouge restarting in September 2021, we wanted to provide a more detailed breakdown of Article 17 and the recall process. As the process differs slightly depending on whether you are a Mainline or Rouge Member, please scroll to access the correct section of the bulletin:

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Recall Process Review for Mainline Members

Mainline Cabin Personnel do NOT need to accept a recall to Air Canada Rouge. They may remain on layoff status and wait for a recall to Mainline.

Step 1 – Recall Notice Sent
The most senior employees on layoff status will be advised of the first available assignment at either Air Canada Mainline or Air Canada Rouge. The recall notice must be sent by registered letter, but you may also receive an email to your company email and/or a phone call.

Step 2 – Responding to Recall Notice
You have 7 calendar days from the date of the postmark to advise if you are accepting the position. You must accept the recall if it is to the point of layoff, which is the base you were laid off from.

If the recall is to a different Mainline base or Air Canada Rouge base you may decline the recall, however you must still reply to the recall notice advising that you wish to be retained on the seniority list for subsequent assignments. This must be done within 14 calendar days from the date of the postmark.

If you fail to reply to a recall notice, you will have been considered to have resigned without notice.

Step 3 – Accepting Recall to Rouge (Article 17.04)
If you accept a recall to Air Canada Rouge, you will be given at least 21 calendar days’ notice of your start date. You will be protected at your Air Canada Mainline wage rate, except for SDs who will earn their Mainline FA wage when flying as a Flight Attendant and their applicable SD rate when flying as the Lead Flight Attendant. You will also maintain your Mainline pension and health benefits; however, all other working conditions and premiums will be based on LOU 55 of the Collective Agreement and Company policy.  There are some changes for those recalled to Air Canada Rouge, based on the Minutes of Settlement (MOS) for grievance CHQ-20-13. (CLICK HERE for a copy).

Further information will be issued by the Company on some of the differences, but please CLICK HERE to see an overview of the Rouge Scheduling Rules as found in the Rouge Contract Guide.

Step 4 – Working at Rouge
You will be required to attend training in order to become a qualified Rouge Flight Attendant. You will use your Mainline Uniform with minor modifications provided by the Company.

Step 5 – Recall to Mainline
Once a vacancy exists at Mainline it will be offered to the most senior crew member who remains on layoff or who is temporarily working at Rouge. By accepting a position at Rouge, you are not giving up your position at Mainline. You will be recalled to Mainline once a Mainline position is available at your seniority.

When recalled back to your point of layoff, you must return to Air Canada Mainline.
If the recall is to a different Air Canada Mainline base, you may decline the recall and wait for a position at your original home base. As per the MOS mentioned above, you will no longer forfeit your Mainline wage rate and health benefits if you decline a recall to a different mainline base.

Please review the below flow chart that outlines the recall process for Mainline Cabin Personnel or CLICK HERE for a PDF copy.

Your Component is always available to answer any questions you may have on the recall process, please reach out to get correct information at contact@accomponent.ca.

Currently we are not aware of the future number of recalls to either Mainline or Rouge. This bulletin was only prepared in preparation for future recalls and the restart of Air Canada Rouge. The moment we have confirmed recall information it will be shared with all members as we have done throughout the past year.

 

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Recall Process Review for Rouge Members

Rouge Cabin Personnel do NOT need to accept a recall to Air Canada Mainline. They may remain on layoff status and wait for a recall to Rouge.

Step 1 – Recall Notice Sent
The most senior employees on layoff status will be advised of the first available assignment at either Air Canada Mainline or Air Canada Rouge. The recall notice must be sent by registered letter, but you may also receive an email to your company email and/or a phone call.

Step 2 – Responding to Recall Notice
You have 7 calendar days from the date of the postmark to advise if you are accepting the position. You must accept the recall if it is to the point of layoff, which is the same base at Air Canada Rouge that you were laid-off from.

If the recall is to a different Rouge base or to an Air Canada Mainline base you may decline the recall, however you must still reply to the recall notice advising that you wish to be retained on the seniority list for subsequent assignments. This must be done within 14 calendar days from the date of the postmark.

If you fail to reply to a recall notice, you will have been considered to have resigned without notice.

Step 3 – Accepting Recall to Mainline (Article 17.05)
If you accept a recall to Air Canada Mainline, you will be given at least 21 calendar days’ notice of your start date. You will be placed on the Air Canada Mainline wage scale at a step that is no less than the hourly rate that you earned at Air Canada Rouge. This is the same wage rate that would apply in a flow-through situation. You will maintain your Rouge pension and health benefits; however, all other working conditions will be based on Collective Agreement and Company policies that apply to Air Canada Mainline Cabin Crew.

Step 4 – Working at Mainline
You will be required to attend training in order to become a qualified Mainline Flight Attendant. You will be provided with a Mainline Uniform.

Step 5 – Recall to Rouge
Once a vacancy exists at Rouge it will be offered to the most senior crew member who remains on layoff or who is temporarily working at Mainline. By accepting a position at Mainline, you are not giving up your position at Rouge. You will be recalled to Rouge once a Rouge position is available at your seniority.

When recalled back to your point of layoff, you must return to Air Canada Rouge.
If the recall is to a different Air Canada Rouge base, you may decline the recall and wait for a position at your original home base. You will remain at the wage rate that you transferred in at until you accumulate the years of service at Air Canada Mainline to progress to the next step on the Mainline wage scale. You will maintain your Rouge pension and health benefits.

Please review the below flow chart that outlines the recall process for Rouge Cabin Personnel or CLICK HERE for a PDF copy.

Your Component is always available to answer any questions you may have on the recall process, please reach out to get correct information at contact@accomponent.ca.

Currently we are not aware of the future number of recalls to either Mainline or Rouge. This bulletin was only prepared in preparation for future recalls and the restart of Air Canada Rouge. The moment we have confirmed recall information it will be shared with all members as we have done throughout the past year.

 

In solidarity,

WIP – Maternity EI Top Up & Wage Indemnity

(This applies to Air Canada Mainline only)

Top-Up Benefit
Your Wage Indemnity Plan includes a provision offering disability benefits for the health related portion of your Maternity Leave Of Absence (MATLOA). These benefits will supplement the Maternity Benefits you claim through Employment Insurance following the one (1) week waiting period, and will be calculated based on your earnings prior to your MATLOA.

Employment Insurance – EI and WIP Top-Up
The current 2021 maximum rate for EI weekly benefits is $595.00 per week. If 60% of your pre-disability earnings were $695.00 per week, you would then be entitled to claim the difference of $100.00 per week after a one (1) week waiting period.  The benefit period is defined as follows:

   – 6 weeks for a normal delivery (1 week waiting period – 5 week top-up)
   – 8 weeks for a caesarean birth (1 week waiting period – 7 week top-up)

Quebec Parental Insurance Plan – QPIP
For Members in Quebec who apply for QPIP and receive benefits, it is doubtful that you will qualify for any top-up from your WIP Plan as QPIP payments are higher and based on 70-75% of your pre-disability earnings, while WIP is at 60%. However, your eligibility can be confirmed by contacting the Plan Administrator or the undersigned once you receive notice of the QPIP applicable rate of pay.

Continuation of Coverage During Absence From Work, MATLOA – IMPORTANT TO READ
Prepayment of premiums is not required for an absence from the payroll of fifteen (15) calendar days or less. Prepayment of premiums is required for an absence from the payroll of sixteen (16) or more calendar days. You must prepay the required premium in full within forty-five (45) days from the start of your leave in order to be eligible. The same rule applies for MATLOA Top-Up benefit consideration.

NOTE: The examples below addresses your eligibility for MAT Top Up only. If you wish to ensure coverage is in place following the termination of your MAT LOA you must prepay the entire Leave of Absence. Please click HERE for full details of Continuation of Coverage During Absence from Work.

For example:

If you start your MATLOA sixteen (16) days prior to the delivery of your baby, you are required to pre-pay your premiums within the forty-five (45) days from the start of your leave as noted above to qualify for the MATLOA top-up benefit.

If you worked up to the birth of your child without absence from the payroll, as noted above, no prepayment is required.

If you were booked off and were on, and in receipt of WIP benefits until the delivery date, you are not required to prepay. The same would apply if you were on any other approved program such as WCB/WSIB.

If you booked off sick, and delivered within those fourteen (14) days, no prepayment is required.

To access the claim form for this benefit click HERE.  It is the responsibility of each member to complete and return the form with the applicable EI stubs to confirm receipt of EI benefits to our Plan Administrator following the birth.

Manion Wilkins & Associates Ltd.
626 – 21 Four Seasons Place
Etobicoke, Ontario
M9B 0A5

Midwives and Medical Absence Following Childbirth
SSQ, the insurer has determined that from a claims practice perspective, they will accept documentation from an appropriately registered and certified midwife when approving the medical portion of the maternity leave. The medical portion is for the six (6) weeks after a vaginal delivery only. A Physician (MD) must be involved for a c-section. The rationale here is that the Insurer requires verification that the birth happened and midwives can provide that for the six (6) week vaginal delivery.

SSQ and the Administrator, Manion, Wilkins will not accept medical from midwives for complicated pregnancies, or anything beyond a six week medical absence following childbirth. In accordance to the Policy Provisions, members claiming WIP “must see a physician (MD) within the 14 day qualifying period in order to qualify for benefits commencing on the 15th day of your disability”.

On Behalf of The Board of Trust,

Stephen Morash
Administrative Consultant

NOTE:  All Policy Booklet information can be accessed on the Air Canada Component of CUPE web site www.accomponent.ca or on the mobile App.

Manion, Wilkins & Associates
Plan Administration
626-21 Four Seasons Place
Etobicoke, Ontario
M9B 0A6

Switchboard: 416-234-5044
Toll Free Line:  1-800-663-7849
Fax: 416-234-0127
Contact Centre: 1-866-532-8999

Recall Notices – July 22, 2021

The Union is happy to announce that the Company has just advised us that there will be an additional 100 recall notices going out shortly for Cabin Crew positions at Air Canada Mainline. Those recalled to Air Canada Mainline will be recalled back to their home base.

The recalls to Mainline will take effect on August 5, 2021 and you must accept your recall within 7 days. The most junior member being recalled has a 2021 seniority of 24275.

All members being recalled will be notified via registered letter.  Please note that due to COVID-19, there may be some delays in these letters reaching you. To compensate for this the Company will also be advising all those recalled via Company email and a courtesy phone call.  Please check your recall notice for more details. To ensure delivery of your recall response we suggest using your Air Canada email account.

As a reminder the Collective Agreement says the following about recalls:

17.16.02  An employee on laid-off status shall be notified by the applicable company, of the first available assignment either at Air Canada Mainline or at Air Canada Rouge to which his/her seniority entitles him. Failure to advise the applicable company within seven (7) calendar days of the registered postmark date of his/her desire to be considered for the assignment shall disqualify him for the assignment.

Recall notice shall be sent by registered mail to the last address filed with the company.

The Company will reach out to you via registered letter to the last address you have listed with the employer.  You have 7 calendar days to reply to the employer if you intend on accepting your recall, from the date the letter was post marked.  We have been advised that the letters will go out today, July 22, 2021.

Do I have to accept a position back to my home base?  Can I decline the recall coming back to where I was laid off from?
As per Article 17.16.04 the following is applicable:

17.16.04  If the employee is notified of a permanent assignment at the point of layoff, s/he must accept, and report for duty within fourteen (14) calendar days from the date notice was sent. An acceptance of permanent assignment at other than the point of layoff shall be optional for the individual concerned; however, should s/he accept, s/he shall report for duty within twenty-one (21) calendar days from the date of registered postmark. This time limit may be extended by Air Canada or Air Canada Rouge, as applicable, under extenuating circumstances.

Updated Seniority List
Your Union has updated the seniority list with the most recent recalls and retirements using information provided by Air Canada. Please remember that your seniority number will not change, only your ranking is updated on the list as members resign and retire.

*** Please note there may be errors or omissions, if you are aware of any please contact your union. You will also note that those members on leaves but senior enough to avoid layoff will be coded as Active. ***

Click HERE for an Updated Seniority List as of today’s recalls.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for clarity on the process or any concerns that you may have.

In solidarity,