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,