National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women

On December 6, 1989, the lives of 14 innocent female students were taken in a depraved act of violence simply because they were women. While we remember on this day, and commemorate the lives of all women who have been victims of gender based violence, we must continue to work to eliminate violence against women.

Today we honour the 14 women that lost their lives on that tragic day at Montreal’s École Polytechnique:
Genevieve Bergeron | 21
Helene Colgan | 23
Nathalie Croteau | 23
Barbara Daigneault | 22
Anne-Marie Edward | 21
Maud Haviernick | 29
Barbara Maria Klucznik | 31
Maryse Laganiere | 25 was a CUPE member
Maryse Leclair | 23
Anne-Marie Lemay | 27
Sonia Pelletier | 28
Michele Richard | 21
Annie St-Arneault | 23
Annie Turcotte | 21

On this National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, it is important to know that when it comes to statistics relating to violence against women and children you don’t have to be a math expert to understand the numbers. You simply have to be willing to recognize that each statistic represents a woman, child, or family — a life — torn apart by violence and abuse.

First mourn … then work to end violence against women.

Recall Update – December 4, 2020

*** We will be pausing this weekly update until we have new recalls or updated retirement numbers***

Dear Members,

Below please see the weekly update on recalls. There have been no new recall notices since our last update.

Air Canada Mainline Recalls
At this time there are no recalls in process for any mainline bases.

Air Canada Rouge Recalls
At this time there are no recalls in process for any rouge bases.

Updated Seniority List for Recall Purposes
Your Union has updated the seniority list with the information provided by Air Canada and attached a link to it below. As we cannot publish this privately, we have removed names and employee numbers, so it is purely based on your current 2020 Master Cabin Personnel Seniority number.

***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 the December Block Month.

Retirements 
In addition, please see below the current retirement numbers for 2020 which now include those for December 2020, you can also view an update on retirement numbers by clicking HERE.

In solidarity,

Component Officers’ Update

As many things have come up over the last few weeks, we wanted to keep you posted on a few issues. Please note some items are only applicable to those members temporarily working at Air Canada Rouge.

Rouge – L55.09.04 – Work Allowance
As many members operating at Rouge noted, for the first month, the Company omitted to pay the $100 allowance for those who were active for the majority of the October 2020 block month.  We brought this forward to the employer, and they advised last week that this will be paid to you tomorrow, December 1st on your advance.

Rouge EAP
Please note as per Article 17.04.02 your mainline benefits have followed you over to Rouge, this includes EAP services. If you have any concerns you want to discuss with EAP, please reach out to EAP. Contact info can be found here: https://accomponent.ca/employee-assistance-program/

Mainline and Rouge Leaves for December 2020 Block Month
At this time, we have received no news on leaves for the December block month.  We appreciate and understand that many of you are already seeing reassignment and cancelations at this time. We will update you when we are aware of more information.

Mainline and Rouge – Revised Service Date Letters from Air Canada
The Union has been receiving many emails regarding the recent letters the company has issued on Revised Service Dates for those members who were recently recalled.  Please note that Article 17.15.01 speaks of this and the letter you are receiving is advising you of your adjusted service date for vacation, sick time, and step-on scale pay increases(if applicable).

17.15.01  An employee who is laid off due to a reduction in forces and who is subsequently recalled shall accrue seniority and service during the period of layoff.  Company service during layoff will not be applied for vacation, sick leave and step-on scale.

Please note, your seniority number and service date for travel and deadheading will not change.

COVID 19 – Have you tested positive?
If you have personally tested positive, please consider advising your Union.  This is confidential and to ensure we have information directly from you.  We can also assist you with the proper forms to fill out for Workplace Injury or Exposure.  These forms should always be filled out, and the employer cannot inhibit you from doing so.  Please email w.lesosky@accomponent.ca and in the subject line note “Confirmed Positive COVID-19”.  Please advise if the employer was notified and if you are experiencing any issues with pay, workers compensation etc.  We are all here to assist with this process and want to ensure there is no lapse in coverage or unnecessary use of company sick time or WIP.

Rouge – Annual Lead Opt-Out
The annual bid to opt-out of the Lead Position at Rouge is now open will close on December 7, 2020, at 08:00 EST. Awards will be published on December 11, 2020 and will be effective January 2021 block month through to the end of December 2021 block month. The form is accessible via the Rouge bidding site found via the following path: Rouge > In-Flight Service > Crew Scheduling & Planning > Lead Opt-Out.

COVID Leaves
Please remember when applying for a COVID Leave this needs to be done through eLeaves on the portal at Mainline, and at Air Canada Rouge, this is done through askrouge@aircanada.ca.

If you are denied your leave, you can write back through on the denied leave or email Melissa Diaz at melissa.diaz@aircanada.ca for more information.  Often, the leave is denied as the required information is not included in the request.  Please click HERE to see the COVID Leave Policy and HERE to see the FAQ for Mainline.

Please click HERE to see the COVID Leave Policy and HERE to see the FAQ for Air Canada Rouge.

Mainline Reserve Members
The Union has received reports of members working into days off at the end of the month and not having the time to have the days replaced.  As per Article B8.06, you are required to have 13 days off for a block month of 30-32 days, and 14 days off for 33-day block months.  If you have had this block rule violated, please reach out to your local.  Please note if you are scheduled to go below your minimum days off, advise the scheduler, and if it is not resolved, please contact your Local Office or 247@accomponent.ca.

In solidarity,

Recall Update – November 20, 2020

Below please see the weekly update on recalls.  There have been no new recall notices since our last update.

YMQ – 30 Rouge Montreal Recalls

The recall process for the Rouge Montreal base for December 2020 is now complete.

YTO – Rouge Toronto Recalls

At this time there are no recalls in process for the Rouge Toronto base.

Air Canada Mainline Recalls

At this time there are no recalls in process for any mainline bases.

Updated Seniority List for Recall Purposes and Retirement Numbers

Your Union has updated the seniority list with the information provided by Air Canada and attached a link to it below. As we cannot publish this privately, we have removed names and employee numbers, so it is purely based on your current 2020 Master Cabin Personnel Seniority number.

***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 the November Block Month.

Retirements 

In addition, please see below the current retirement numbers for 2020, you can also view an update on retirement numbers by clicking HERE. We have included a chart for 2019 following multiple requests for comparative data.

In solidarity,

Boeing 737-8 (MAX) Update

You may have read media reports yesterday about the FAA approving the 737-8 (MAX) for a return to service.

Please know that your union leadership remains in contact with Transport Canada (TC) and the airline regarding this issue.

As recently as this Tuesday, TC officials re-affirmed a commitment to fully brief your CUPE leadership whenever a Canadian decision is made regarding this aircraft. TC has advised that it has been and continues to conduct its own fully independent review of the MAX and will only issue a go-ahead for return to service once its process is complete.

The TC press release is as follows:

Statement by Minister Garneau on Federal Aviation Administration’s certification of changes to the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft 

From: Transport Canada

Statement

November 18, 2020       Ottawa, Ontario       Transport Canada

“Our government remains committed to keeping Canadians, the travelling public, and the transportation system safe and secure.

“We acknowledge that the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released an Airworthiness Directive for the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Through this directive, the FAA is mandating its approved changes made to the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, and confirms it can return to service in U.S. airspace.

“Transport Canada has worked extensively with the FAA and other key certifying authorities, including the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC), as well as the three Canadian operators of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, and their pilot unions throughout the validation process of the aircraft to address all factors necessary toward a safe return to service of the aircraft.

“Transport Canada safety experts continue their independent validation process to determine whether to approve the proposed changes to the aircraft. We expect this process to conclude very soon. However, there will be differences between what the FAA has approved today, and what Canada will require for its operators. These differences will include additional procedures on the flight deck and pre-flight, as well as differences in training.

“The commercial flight restrictions for the operation of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in Canadian airspace remain in effect and will not be lifted until the department is fully satisfied that all its safety concerns have been addressed, and that enhanced flight crew procedures and training are in place in Canada.”

https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2020/11/statement-by-minister-garneau-on-federal-aviation-administrations-certification-of-changes-to-the-boeing-737-max-aircraft.html

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We will keep you posted with any information as it becomes available.

In solidarity,