New Crew Hotels: Fort Lauderdale (FLL) Airport & Downtown

Airport

Starting December 1, 2021, layovers in Fort Lauderdale (FLL) airport will be accommodated at our new crew hotel:

Hotel Dello Fort Lauderdale
28 S. Federal Highway
Dania Beach, FL 33004
Tel.: (954) 773-7174

At this hotel, you can take advantage of the following benefits:
– 10 per cent off food and non-alcoholic beverages
– Free internet in guestroom and business centre
– Free local and toll-free calls
– Free access to fitness centre

Please refer to globe for detailed ground transportation and pick-up instructions.

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Downtown

Starting December 1, 2021, layovers in Fort Lauderdale (FLL) downtown will be accommodated at our new crew hotel:

B Ocean Hotel
1140 Seabreeze Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Tel.: (954) 564-1000

At this hotel, you can take advantage of the following benefits:
– 10 per cent off food and non-alcoholic beverages (including room services)
– Free internet in guestroom and business centre
– Free local and toll-free calls
– Free access to fitness centre

Please refer to globe for detailed ground transportation and pick-up instructions.

In Solidarity,

Melinda Allen & Alex Habib
Co-Chairs
Component Hotel Committee

Secretary Treasurer Report – August 2021

Please see the update below regarding the financial affairs of the Component:

2021 Fiscal Year End
As the fiscal year ends, I am happy to report that the Component was successful in overcoming the many financial challenges that this past year put in place.  ACCEX initially budgeted to run a $200,000 deficit during the year, but with strong cost control measures and continued government assistance through the CEWS program we were able to significantly reduce the size of our deficit.  Some of the adjustments made to the Component’s operation will have long-term cost savings for the Union. I also want to thank the Local Presidents for their assistance and flexibility over the past year.

The pie chart below shows a visual representation of where your dues dollars were spent over the last year.

Statement of Operation – 2021 Fiscal Year (July 2020 – June 2021)
Please see below the Unaudited Statement of Operation for the past fiscal year which ended on June 30, 2021. Our annual accounting audit will take place in January 2021 as per the Component Bylaws.

2022 Component Budget
ACCEX met in late July to review a draft budget for our 2022 fiscal year. We remained conservative in our anticipated dues revenue but did budget for increased funds for our committees compared to last year and set aside funds for the resumptions of the bargaining reopener.   The budget was unanimously approved by ACCEX.

Trustee Audits
Our three Component Trustees are scheduled to resume audit work in September. They will start with finishing off the 2015 year end audit. As part of the 2022 budget, I have allocated a significant amount of funds so that the trustees may continue to work through the backlog of trustee audits. It’s worth noting that our books are audited annually by an external auditor, to ensure the Financial Statements as a whole are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, and that the Statements are presented in compliance with Canadian Accounting Standards for Not-for-Profit Organizations.

Belfield Update
The Component moved into our offices at 25 Belfield Road in 2006. The Office was heavily renovated at that time and a new roof was installed in May 2006 with a 15-year warranty. There were multiple days of heavy rain in late May and our roof began had a major leak … exactly one week after that 15-year warranty expired. Great timing, eh?  As such we had two different roofing companies provide quotes for repair and replacement. Based on the reports from the different roofing companies, ACCEX decided it was best to go for a forward with a replacement and work began this week.

 

In Solidarity,

Alex Habib
Secretary-Treasurer, Air Canada Component of CUPE

COVID Tracing Update – Effective August 8, 2021

We were informed a short while ago that the employer will be changing their contact tracing decision tree questions. While Air Canada continues to recognize that disclosure of vaccination status is voluntary, one of the first question you will be asked by the contact tracer is whether you have been fully vaccinated. Our understanding is that those who indicate that they are fully vaccinated will be identified to “self-monitor” and will continue flying.

Air Canada’s COVID vaccination policy states that:

“In order for the employer to assess future biosafety measures, all employees who are coming into the workplace are encouraged to notify Air Canada of their Vaccination status.”

Your Union recognizes the important role that vaccination plays in protecting the health and safety of Canadians, and in returning to the new normal. However, we also recognize the sanctity of medical privacy. At this time, a mandatory vaccination policy has not been adopted by our employer, and any disclosure regarding vaccination continues to be voluntary.

We recognize the sensitivity of this topic, and we will continue to support our membership while ensuring Health and Safety remains at the forefront. The purpose of this brief bulletin is to clarify the current employer policy on disclosure of vaccination status. Click HERE for a link to the Policy.

Staffing Update – August 6, 2021

Please see the staffing updates below:

Air Canada Mainline Recalls
The last batch of 148 recalls went out yesterday, August 5th, 2021. The deadline to accept these recalls is Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 23:59 EDT. This latest batch of recalls brought us to just over 50% of our members recalled.

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 the August 2021 Block Month.

Retirements 
In addition, please see the current retirement numbers below, including the ERIP retirements.  You can also view full details over the past three years by clicking HERE.

Recall Notices – August 5, 2021

The Union is happy to announce that the Company has just advised us that there will be an additional 148 recall notices going out shortly for Cabin Crew positions at Air Canada Mainline.

All members whose point of layoff is at Air Canada Mainline will be recalled to their point of layoff in this batch. This batch of recalls also includes members whose point of layoff is at Air Canada Rouge. As such they will be offered a position at Air Canada Mainline and will have the opportunity to decline the recall and maintain their recall rights.

The recalls to Mainline will take effect on August 19, 2021 for Mainline members and August 26. 2021 for Rouge members and you must accept your recall within 7 days. The most junior member being offered a recall has a 2021 seniority of 25010.

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, August 5, 2021.

If your recall is to Air Canada Mainline and you are a Rouge member, you do not need to accept the recall but you must still reply to the recall notice. In this case you have up to 14 calendar days to reply to the employer advising that you are not interested in the recall but wish to be maintained on the seniority list for future recalls.  Failure to respond to the recall notice will result in your name being removed from the seniority list.

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.

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