IMPORTANT – Changes to WIP Waiting Period

As you may be aware, the Wage Indemnity Plan (WIP) Board made required amendments to the Wage Indemnity Plan (WIP) effective January 2, 2021.  The WIP Board was required to make amendments to comply with a reduction in the EI waiting period implemented by the Government of Canada.

The WIP Board advised of the upcoming amendments on November 28, 2020 which you can review here: https://mailchi.mp/6f2a0615e1dc/wip-effective-january-2-2021-wage-indemnity-policy-changes-compter-du-2-janvier-2021-modifications-apportes-au-programme-dassurance-salaire?e=2e397171ed

Please see the Union bulletin issued in mid-December: https://mailchi.mp/b121a7c3a8bd/effective-january-2-2021-wip-changesmodifications-apportes-au-pas-compter-du-2-janvier-2021?e=5318069517

Your Component Executive and the WIP Board met with the Company on Friday, January 8, 2021.  The company indicated that it did not agree with the proposal and that it would provide a different proposal.

For over 40 years, the Company provided up to 14 days of paid sick-time.  Without notice to the Union or the WIP Board, the Company unilaterally revised the waiting period from 14 days to 7 days and now requires medical clearance from the Company’s OHS in order to return to work from a sickness-related absence that exceeds 7 days.  The Company issued an update on ePub.

The Union did not consent to the Company’s unilateral change of a long-established practice providing for a 14-day waiting period.  To be clear, the Union did not accept the change prior to its implementation.  As a result of the Company’s improper actions, some of our members are left in a situation in which they were completely unaware of this change in practice and needed to book off.

The Union strongly disagrees with this unilateral change in practice.  The union is considering all appropriate legal steps, including filing a grievance immediately.  Click HERE to view the grievance form.  We will strive to have the grievance heard as expeditiously as possible.

In the interim, what does this mean for you if your book-off is longer than 7 days?

As noted above, the Union does not agree with this long established change in practice however in the interim we recommend the following:

  • You will need to apply for WIP, as your sick days will only cover the first 7 days according to the new Air Canada policy, which is in dispute. This does require consultation with a doctor.
  • To return to work, you will also need to be cleared by Occupational Health.  We realize how onerous this is given the fact that we are in the middle of a pandemic however this is what is required under the Company’s new policy.

We are especially concerned about the timing of this change to practice as our members are already managing work and family responsibilities with such courage and fortitude during these challenging times.  In the Union’s view, it is egregious that not only is the Company unreasonably requiring medical notes when the health care system is already at its breaking point, but more so that so many of our members are being denied medical care.

We sincerely believe that this is creating more stress and uncertainty for so many who are already facing financial challenges.  We know that it is our members who do so much and take on so much each time they go to work, and we promise to use all resources available to us to fight this.

In order to defeat this policy change, it is of vital importance to hear stories from each and every one who has been affected. This is compelling information, and we ask that you send this information to us. We know that it is an additional requirement on top of all that you are dealing with at present, but it is the most effective way that we can show an arbitrator why this change is completely unreasonable.  Please add as many details as possible, including any difficulties obtaining a doctor’s appointment or any hardship you suffer as a result of the change in policy.

If you have any questions at all, please let us know.  We ask that you send your statements to us directly at the Component offices.  Please send them to contact@accomponent.ca. We will fight this fight together and we thank you in advance for helping us put our best case forward.

In solidarity,

Ground Duty Credits

(This bulletin is relevant to MAINLINE MEMBERS ONLY)

For those of you who are operating flights during these times we are certain that you have seen the increase in protocols around the world relating to COVID-19.  There have been reported increases in the time required for passenger deplaning/processing and COVID testing, among other things.  We thought it would be wise to remind crew members that if you are required to remain on duty past the anticipated termination of the duty period that you are entitled to claim post ground duty credits as per Article 5.08.

Policy grievance CHQ-20-12, Post Duty Ground Credit, has been filed in relation to this for COVID testing upon arrival in Hong Kong  Please click HERE to view the grievance form.

The Union is advising you that in any instance in which you are required to remain on duty past the termination of your duty period that you have a right to file a ground duty claim for this unpaid time.  This form must be completed and signed by the Service Director. (Click HERE to access the claim form).

NOTE: All claims for ground duty after a flight, once signed by the Service Director, must also be approved by local base management.

For our Mainline members, Article 5.08 is clear:

5.08 GROUND DUTY – PRE/POST PERIOD – Where an employee is required to report for duty prior to or remain on duty following the termination of a Duty Period under Article B5.03, s/he shall be paid at one-half (½) of the hourly rate of pay for his/her classification applicable to the duty period involved.

The ground duty period should commence 15 minutes post arrival and if there is required testing it would be calculated up to the time the last person has cleared the COVID-19 testing facility. We do not believe that this time should be given for free by our members and we encourage the filing of these claims.

If the claim is denied, please submit all information to your Local Union officers so that they can investigate. Please always make sure to retain a copy for you and your crew’s records.

In solidarity,

Pre-Departure Covid Test Information for Cabin Crew at Air Canada Mainline and Air Canada Rouge

The Union would like to ensure all members have the following information available to them, so we have included in this update all necessary forms and communication from Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge to date.

For commuters from International destinations, please note you are exempt if you are commuting into Canada, as long as you begin performing your work duties within 14 days of your arrival into Canada.

For ALL members, we recommend you contact your Local Office for a copy of the Exemption Letter.

For MAINLINE members, please CLICK HERE for a copy of the “Pre-departure COVID-19 PCR Test Information: Effective Jan. 7, 2021″.

For ROUGE members, please CLICK HERE for a copy of the “Aircrew COVID-19 Test Exemption”.

If you run into any issues, it is imperative that your Union be notified.  Please reach out to your Local with any issues that come forward.

In solidarity,

Season’s Greetings!

Someday soon we all will be together
If the fates allow
Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow
So have yourself a merry little Christmas now

 

Every day of every week of every month of every year our members make personal sacrifices in their role as Flight Attendants.  This has never been more true than in 2020.  This year brought with it a whole host of challenges, the likes of which we have never seen in our lifetime, and you did not back down.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, our members have performed essential work under extremely trying circumstances. At the outset, Flight Attendants answered the government’s call to bring Canadians home from abroad, in spite of the personal risks involved. Canada is a large country, and throughout the pandemic, Canadians have continued to depend on air travel to connect communities and commerce alike. Flight attendants have performed a vital role in keeping this critical industry in the air.

While the holidays might look very different this year, their meaning remains the same.  The Christmas message, even in a time of pandemic, is one that is primarily about hope.

Although 2020 may see the cancellation of some holiday festivities, it will never cancel holiday cheer!  Wherever you are and however you are celebrating, we send you our warmest wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season and we look forward to a brighter 2021!

 

In solidarity,

Helpful Reminders Over the Holidays

HOLIDAY C1 PASSES

Mainline Cabin Personnel who work on Christmas Day and/or New Year’s Day will receive a C1/J09 pass for each of these days worked.

This includes Cabin Personnel who are on Reserve on either (or both) of those days, but are not called in. These passes can be carried over from year to year until your retirement. The Passes will be added to your travel profile during the the annual refresh – usually around the second or third week of January. In addition, the two annual “Thank You” C1/J09 passes will be added at this time. As previously announced by the Company, you will receive double the usual allotment in 2021. We encourage you to verify and ensure that you receive your allotment.

Please note that the Holiday Passes are not applicable to members working at Air Canada Rouge.

BASE TRANSFER LIST

As a friendly reminder, the base transfer list is refreshed annually at the end of each calendar year. If you are still interested in remaining on the base transfer list, please be sure to resubmit your statement of base transfer in eForms.  Although one-way transfers are not being processed while we have members on layoff, the Company is still processing mutual transfers on a monthly basis.

UNION AVAILABILITY OVER HOLIDAYS

Your Local offices will be accessible over the majority of the holiday season, with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. You can find their contact information HERE.

If you have an urgent contractual issue that requires immediate assistance you can reach out to our 24/7 email at 247@accomponent.ca. For Emergencies such as a work refusal, an emergency landing, a drug or alcohol Testing, an arrest, search or seizure, you can call the emergency line at 1(866) 758-3037.

In solidarity,