Settlement reached for CHQ-20-13, Wage Rate and Benefits for Members Recalled to Rouge

The Union is pleased to report that we were able to reach a mediated settlement with the employer regarding CHQ-20-13, with the assistance of our Chief Arbitrator William Kaplan on May 7, 2021.  The grievance was related to the wage rate paid to Service Directors while temporarily recalled to Rouge. The agreement will only be in place for layoffs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and while there are Mainline Flight Attendants and Service Directors that have been recalled to and are operating at Rouge. To view the full agreement, CLICK HERE.

Highlights of the agreement are as follows:
– For the duration of this agreement, Article 17.04.06 will be applied as follows: “If recall is to a different Air Canada Mainline base, a transferred Cabin Crew Member may decline the transfer.” This is a very important point because normally,  if you decline transfer to a different mainline base (not your base at point of layoff) and choose to remain at Rouge, you would no longer be entitled to receive the Mainline wage and benefits and would be placed on the Rouge wage grid and receive Rouge benefits. This adjustment will provide certainty to those members that accept a recall to Rouge, as you will not be faced with a decision between moving to a new mainline base or taking a significant wage cut should the recall be to a different Mainline base.

– Mainline Service Directors operating as a Lead Flight Attendant on a Rouge flight will be paid the Mainline Service Director hourly rate of pay for the applicable type of aircraft, for that flight;

– Mainline Service Directors operating as a Flight Attendant on a Rouge flight will be paid the Mainline Flight Attendant hourly rate of pay (based on years of service), for that flight;

– Mainline Flight Attendants operating as a Lead Flight Attendant on a Rouge flight will be paid the Mainline Flight Attendant hourly rate of pay (based on years of service), plus the 15% Rouge Lead Flight Attendant premium, for that flight; and

– Mainline Flight Attendants operating as a Flight Attendant on a Rouge flight will be paid the Mainline Flight Attendant hourly rate of pay (based on years of service), for that flight.

– Mainline cabin personnel who were recalled to Rouge from October 2020 to date who have not been paid in accordance with what was agreed to above,  shall be paid a lump sum payment in accordance with the above for all hours worked during that time.

– The Commuter Policy (Letter of Understanding 47) shall apply to the Mainline Flight Attendants and Service Directors that have been recalled to and are operating at Rouge. This will provide some protection for our members in our Western bases should they choose to accept a recall to Rouge.

– Mainline Flight Attendants and Service Directors that have been recalled to and are operating at Rouge may make a one-time election to forgo the $100 Work Allowance referred to in L55.09.04 and instead:
a.) have Air Canada pay for a monthly parking pass at the Mainline Flight Attendant’s or Service Director’s Mainline base;
b.) remain eligible for the footwear allowance referred to in Article 7.03.04;
c.) remain eligible for the cleaning allowance referred to in Article 7.03.03; and
d.) remain eligible for the passport reimbursement referred to in Article 7.06,

The Union is very happy that it has been able to attain certainty for Mainline members who accept recall to Rouge regarding their Mainline wage and benefit entitlements while this agreement remains in force.

In solidarity,

Early Retirement Incentive Program Webinar – Additional Session Added

Due to the high demand to join last week’s Early Retirement Incentive Program (ERIP) webinars, we will be hosting one additional session tomorrow, Tuesday, May 11th, at 15:00 EDT / 13:00 MDT / 12:00 PDT.  Please note the presentation will be in English.

To register click on the following link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvduqgqDgtHtGj2_6AOi3emKHoeupYhXwz

We kindly ask that you only register for this final session if you were unable to attend last week’s sessions as we want to ensure access to those that may have missed out last week. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Please be mindful that we will not be able to discuss individual financial matters during the webinar.  If you have questions about your pension calculation following the launch of the eTool on May 3rd you should reach out to HR Connex Pension for clarity.

As a reminder the ERIP application closes at the end of day this Friday, May 14th, 2021.

In solidarity,

Early Retirement Incentive Program Webinar

As a follow-up to the announcement made a few weeks ago regarding the Early Retirement Incentive Program (ERIP), your Locals and Component have been hearing from many members expressing interest in the program but requesting a better understanding of what the program offers. In response to those inquiries, next week we will be hosting multiple webinars to review the ERIP Program and answer some of your questions.

The sessions will be hosted on Zoom by the Component Secretary-Treasurer and the Component Pension Committee.  Login information will be emailed to you the day of the session.  Each session has a limited capacity of 100 members, so please only register if you are considering retirement through the ERIP program.  Please note the presentation will be in English.

The sessions available are as follows:

Date YYZ/YUL YYC YVR
Tues., May 4 10:00 EDT 08:00 MDT 07:00 PDT
Tues. May 4 17:00 EDT 15:00 MDT 14:00 PDT
Wed. May 5 12:00 EDT 10:00 MDT 09:00 PDT
Wed. May 5 16:00 EDT 14:00 MDT 13:00 MDT
Thurs. May 6 17:00 EDT 15:00 MDT 14:00 PDT

To register for a session please visit the following link:

https://forms.office.com/r/wqX5imv7fd

Please be mindful that we will not be able to discuss individual financial matters during the webinar.  If you have questions about your pension calculation following the launch of the eTool on May 3rd you should reach out to HR Connex Pension for clarity.

In solidarity,

Coronavirus Update 36

The Union has been made aware of instances where members were told that they could not be served at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic or provider due to travel within the past 14 days.

If you have been vaccinated or attempted to get vaccinated, please click on the link below and respond to some questions regarding your experience:

https://forms.office.com/r/7SaG2F0J0W

The Union has approached the company as well as Transport Canada who both advise that specific details are crucial in order to best take steps to address potential problems.

In Solidarity,

Off-Duty Status – May 2021

As you are likely aware, last week it was announced by the Federal Government that Canada would be suspending flights between Canada and India. The Company has now advised us that due to this recent suspension they have a surplus of Cabin Personnel. The number of projected Cabin Personnel hours for the May 2021 block month has been reduced by over 26%. According to the Collective Agreement language this reduction would be classified as a Major Operational Disruption.  Instead of cancelling recall notices or initiating further layoffs, discussions have taken place between the Union and the Company and the Company advised they will adhere to the Collective Agreement provision related to a major operational disruption found in LOU 6: Operational Distribution.

Instead of being laid off or having your recall cancelled, the members recalled for May 1, 2021 will be placed on Off-Duty Status as outlined in LOU 6.06.  This decision will allow the affected members to maintain their current Employment Insurance application active. In addition, they will be returned to Company Benefits and accrue vacation, sick time, and pensionable service.  It is important to keep in mind that while on Off Duty Status, you may be recalled to active duty with 48 hours notice. We did request that these members also be placed on the CEWS program, however the employer did not agree.

The 111 members recalled for April 26, 2021 will remain fully active for the May block month.

We remain hopeful that with ramped up vaccination efforts being made across the country, that public health and border measures will begin to ease allowing a rebound of our industry and a recall of many of our members into the workplace. We recognise that this newest development is unwelcome however we will continue to adapt and to place the interests of the affected members in the front of mind. We know this is a turbulent time for so many and will continue to advocate to ensure that all members have a voice.

Please remember to report all short crewing and draft situations, links to the forms can be found HERE.

In solidarity,