Surplus Update 17

We know that you are waiting to hear about the Company’s mitigation program. The Union has been in contact with the Company over the weekend as we ultimately were not satisfied with the program as presented. The time frame and CEWS announcement by the Prime Minister also played a part in our decision.

A short time ago we were advised that the Company will be moving forward with their mitigation program. The mitigation offerings will be opened tomorrow and continue until May 25, 2020. We will provide further details and specific timing tomorrow when your Union has all the details and information.

The Union is of the view that Air Canada should continue to participate in the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. Participation in the CEWS is extremely important to our members and the right thing to do.  The Federal Government has been clear they are willing to look at the current CEWS program with employers.  We will continue to pursue this avenue, and should we have new information will let you know.

In solidarity,

Surplus Update 16

With bidding for June scheduled to begin next week, we know many of you are anxiously awaiting news on what the future holds for each of us. The reality is that COVID-19 has severely impacted the demand for air travel over the past few months and into the foreseeable future. As such there is no denying that we are dealing with the largest surplus of Cabin Personnel in our history.

We can advise you that as per LOU60 the following options will be offered in the following order:

  • Resignation Program with C3 Travel Privileges as per Company Policy
  • Special Leave of Absence Program with Leaves being offered for 24 months, 18 months, 12 months, and 6 months.
  • Reduced Block Program

The Company will release a comprehensive document once mitigations and bidding tools are finalized and this is set for Monday, May 18, 2020.

In our current discussions VSP’s, Pension Bridging and financial separation incentives were sought along the lines of what Management and our Pilot colleagues received. The Company took this away to evaluate it and came back advising this was not something that would be attainable due to the financial crisis and liability the company currently has.

We will continue to examine this from all angles to find any other avenues that we can pursue to assist in the transition for our members that will be affected.

In terms of bidding for June flying schedules, this may not start as scheduled on Monday evening so please wait for further information. The Company is working to adjust the schedule based on the planned mitigation.

Please note, the Union has been in discussions with the employer over the continuation of the CEWS program. We again are reviewing this and will continue to have discussions on this front.

We know this news is not what any of us were expecting.  Please know we are working through this, and your Local Presidents along with your Component Officers are completely involved and moving the agenda forward.

We will ensure there is a further update, when there is more to say on the subject matter involved.  The importance of these discussions is huge and the impact for our membership may end up being long term, therefore, we want to ensure all avenues are reviewed for us to move forward.

In solidarity,

Surplus Update 15

Today your Local Offices and Component Officers have received multiple concerns raised with regards to the May 15th payment for those on the CEWS program.

The Company has reviewed this, and we have heard back that there was a mistake for a significant number of members. From what the Union has seen, this has primarily affected those that had scheduled vacation during the April 2020 block month.  The company is hopeful the correction will be made in time for Friday’s pay date.

We completely appreciate the stress this has caused many of you, once we were made aware, we reached out and alerted the employer who immediately looked into the error.

If you have any concerns once you have received your pay on Friday, please advise Crew Planning.

In solidarity,

REFERENDUM VOTE – VOTING OPENED TODAY

Voting in the Referendum on Union Dues began today at 9:00am EDT and will close at 4:00 pm EDT on May 10, 2020.

Referendum Question:
Due to the exceptional financial impact COVID-19 is having on our membership, do you agree with a temporary reduction in Union Dues to 0.5% of gross income for the April 2020 and May 2020 block months?
YES or NO

IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: You should have received a letter, by regular mail, directly from Simply Voting. This letter will contain a new Elector ID and Password, along with detailed instructions on how to vote online and by telephone. This same information was also emailed to you earlier this morning.

If you have not received either the letter from Simply Voting by regular mail, or the email this morning from Simply Voting, please email us at vote@accomponent.ca. Please include ALL of the following information: your full name, your employee number, your telephone number, your mailing address, and your email address.

You have the option of voting by web, or by phone, as per Component Bylaws.  You will need your new Elector ID and Password to access the system.

Voting website: https://accomponent.simplyvoting.com

Once you have submitted your vote, the Simply Voting system will issue a printable electronic receipt. If you are voting by phone, you can only access your electronic receipt by logging into the Simply Voting system online.

If you are experiencing difficulties registering your vote please e-mail vote@accomponent.ca. Please provide us with your name, employee number, phone number, e-mail address, and postal code. We will respond as quickly as possible during business hours (weekdays 9:00am – 4:00pm EDT), however, please allow us 1 business day to respond.

In Solidarity,

Your Component Tabulating Committee

Notice: Referendum Vote

As per section B.12.5 of the Air Canada Component of CUPE Bylaws, we are providing you with seven (7) days’ notice that a Referendum vote will be taking place.  The Referendum vote will begin on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 9:00am (EDT), and will close on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 4:00pm (EDT).

Referendum Question:
Due to the exceptional financial impact COVID-19 is having on our membership, do you agree with a temporary reduction in Union Dues to 0.5% of gross income for the April 2020 and May 2020 block months?
YES or NO

Voting Procedures:
Voting will open on Friday, May 1, 2020, at 9:00am (EDT), and will close on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 4:00pm (EDT).

IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: You will receive a letter, by regular mail, directly from Simply Voting. This letter will contain a new Elector ID and Password, along with detailed instructions on how to vote online and by telephone. This same information will be e-mailed to you on the morning of the first day of voting.

You have the option of voting by web, or by phone, as per Component Bylaws.  You will need your new Elector ID and Password to access the system.

Voting website: https://accomponent.simplyvoting.com

Once you have submitted your vote, the Simply Voting system will issue a printable electronic receipt. If you are voting by phone, you can only access your electronic receipt by logging into the Simply Voting system online.

If you are experiencing difficulties registering your vote please e-mail vote@accomponent.ca. Please provide us with your name, employee number, phone number, e-mail address, and postal code. We will respond as quickly as possible during business hours (weekdays 9:00am – 4:00pm EDT), however, please allow us 1 business day to respond.

In Solidarity,

Your Component Tabulating Committee