Remembrance Day

Every year, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we gather in memorial parks, community halls, workplaces, schools and homes to remember the men and women who served and sacrificed for our country.

Together, we observe a moment of silence to honour the sacrifice of the many who have fallen, and to acknowledge the courage of those who still serve.

For those who would like to mark the day, there are many ceremonies in cities all across Canada.  The link below provides a listing of different services around the country:

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/get-involved/remembrance-day/events

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
We will remember them.

In solidarity,

Component President Message

PERFORMANCE MEETINGS

We’d like to provide you with some statistics on what is truly happening at each base, what the Union is doing with members, and where the current issues are with respect to performance meetings.

Since coming into office this term, one area that required our focus and attention was the discipline and discharge area.  This is something not often discussed, but in need of addressing.

As many of you may be aware, the Union is copied on copious amounts of discipline, suspensions, and termination letters.  We track and trend these, we look for blips, errors, and omissions. Along with labour, we ensure that we raise any concerns, whether disagreements prior to the grievance process, issues with the context of the letters, timeliness, or general content.

To give some context and numbers by base, please see below:

BARGAINING

We will be continuing bargaining the week of November 13, 2019.  The Company and the Union have met for 4 weeks now and are roughly halfway through the 90-day process as per the MOA in the Collective Agreement.  This can be extended if mutually agreed, however at this stage we are still heavily in the bargaining process.

AIRLINE DIVISION CONFERENCE AND THE ADCP

The Airline Division Conference was held October 6, 2019 in Montreal, one day prior to the CUPE National Convention.

For comparison of who is represented within the Airline Division, please see below:

During the Airline Conference  we dealt with issues arising from Health and Safety, Political Action, Resolutions, and Bylaw Amendments.

For the finance portion, we had a full presentation and a question and answer period that was well received by all.  There have been many changes and struggles for the Airline Division, and this term we are incredibly happy with the avenue in which we are going so far.  There is always room for improvement, and updating and improving the bylaws, streamlining finances, and ensuring maximum participation from within the group reflects positive progress with broad support.

We had the pleasure of an hour with both our National President Mark Hancock, along with National Secretary Treasurer, Charles Fleury.

We have appointed Jordan Braystone, our current Component Health and Safety Chairperson, to the Airline Division Health and Safety panel.  We also nominated trustees to review the finances within the Airline Division.

With changing times at the Division came changing the name of the division, from Council of Component Presidents (COCP) to Airline Division Council of Presidents (ADCP).

The next meeting of the ADCP is set for Vancouver (YVR) December 5, 2019.  It is important to note that the Air Canada Component pays $0.10 per member (mainline and rouge), per month, towards ADCP so I feel it’s important that we start updating the members on the benefits and issues we are facing as a unified group of Airlines.  We truly are stronger together, and when we are able to discuss our issues, it amazes me the differences in working issues, respect, and general communication each airline faces.

CUPE NATIONAL CONVENTION 

From October 7 to October 10, 2019, I had the opportunity to attend the CUPE National Convention along side your Component Vice-President, Theresa Mitchell, Component Secretary-Treasurer Alex Habib and your Local Presidents, Guillaume Leduc (Local 4091 YUL), Denis Montpetit (Local 4092 YYZ), Carolyn Bugnon (Local 4094 YVR), Kim Wentzell (Local 4095 YYC), and Robyn Sharpe (Local 4098 Rouge).  It was a unique experience this year, as one of our very own members Francisco Oritz from Local 4092 (nominated member) decided to throw his name in the hat to run for CUPE National President.  It’s been many years since Air Canada/Air Canada Rouge members have been this active at Convention.  Convention runs every two years, and all members are able to participate.  Convention deals with everything from grassroots movements, to health and safety, motions placed on the floor from fellow members, improvements to CUPE National in general, and political action around elections both internal and external, such as the Federal Election we just went through.

THE AFTER PARTY

The After Party’s are fast approaching, and the response has been amazing.  Members from all bases as well as those on layover are signing up and looking forward to a good evening with colleagues and friends!  If you have not signed up, and you don’t have the link handy, just “click HERE” and it will direct you to the site to register for the event.

SICK NOTE REQUEST

We have had a few members reach out because they are concerned about being asked for a doctor’s note while booked off.  Remember, if the employer requests a sick note to substantiate your illness and time away from work, they need to advise you of the reason for the request.  If this is not given at the time of the request, please advise your Local Union office and we will follow up.

FEEDBACK SURVEY

With communication this term being proactive and informative, we really want to do a check in with the members to know that we are moving in the right direction. Beyond that, if more focus is needed on any particular issue, we want you to let us know where.  We will be starting a quarterly survey to engage with each of you on items that matter to you.  Please keep a look out for this in the coming weeks.

As always, if you wish to reach me, just reply to this email, or email me directly at: w.lesosky@accomponent.ca

Wishing everyone a great fall!

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

Grab and Go Breakfast Anyone?

In a recent Move Me News, Air Canada advised us that there would be a “Grab and Go” Breakfast option added to the Breakfast à la Carte Menu for flights departing from Canada and arriving in Europe. It will be available for customers to order on the Breakfast à la Carte menu and can be served up to 30 minutes prior to landing. This is being touted as a new idea so that we can “maximise the customers sleep and be competitive”.

This is yet another initiative put forth by Air Canada through which they did not include any meaningful consultation with our members, the people who need to support and perform the labour for these kinds of changes. Our members are the people who actually work on these routes time and time again. We believe that the members are best placed to give feedback on whether a new initiative is viable. We understand that customer feedback may hold some value, but customers do not know the logistics and constraints that exist. If safety is our primary concern, our time and efforts are better spent in the last 30 minutes of the flight considering our safety duties and preparing the cabin for landing. Will this be the next issue the OBSMs will be critiquing and using to set us up for failure?

In June of 2019, Air Canada was proud to announce that it had been named Best Airline in North America once again by Skytrax. This award was received for the 8th time in 10 years.  If it were not for our members, this would not have been possible.  We are the employee group at Air Canada that spends the most time with customers, and our expertise and input matters. We are 9,500 strong, and we need to harness our collective commitment to safety, and ensure that we remain vigilant safety professionals.

In addition to the very real fact that our competitors have higher crew complements on many routes, we are consistently reminded of the goal of becoming a “Global Champion”.

After you read the Move Me News, please remember to file a pay claim under eClaim for the amount of time it took you to read.  Click HEREto view the grievance filed on the MMN.

The reality is, until the crew complements are increased, we are not going to reach that ever-elusive goal.  There is only so much juice you can squeeze from an orange and we are tapped out.

In solidarity,

WIP – Top Up Reminder – Reduced Block Program 2019 – 2020

The Reduced Block Program commences with the October 2019 Block Month. For members who are participating in the Reduced Block Program who wish to Top-Up their earnings in the event that they are unable to return to full duties at the end of the RBP due to an unforeseen disability, please contact Manion Contact Centre for applicable rates at 1-866-532-8999. This must be done within 45 days of the commencement of the RBP.

Members participating in the Reduced Block Program have the option to top-up their WIP insurable earnings at a flat rate of 35 hours per month in the event that you become disabled during the RBP period. This will ensure that the month following the conclusion of your RBP, and if you continue to be disabled, your top-up would then take effect and your earnings would be calculated using the following example:

Book Off – March 2020 – earnings based on Dec 2019/Jan/Feb/2020 flying pay.
Dec flying hours – 38
Jan flying hours – 36
Feb flying hours – 34

For the three months, December, January and February, your 3 month average flying hours would be equal to 36 hours. You would be paid 36 hours through to the termination of your RBP in 2020, inclusive as long as you continue to meet the definition of totally disabled from your own occupation as a Flight Attendant. If you remain disabled and continue to qualify for benefits beyond the termination of the RBP, and if you opted to top-up, based on the calculation below, your disability payments would go from 36 hours to 71 hours per month.

The top up for the RBP is 35 hours, and is based on your hourly rate x 2.30% plus the Employer’s cost of 1.07% as well as applicable taxes.

On Behalf of The Board of Trust,

Stephen Morash
Administrative Consultant

HEARING NOTICE: CHQ-16-16 Change of policy for employees in receipt of LTD Benefits

For those of you who have been following this case we wanted to let you know that there will be more hearing days scheduled. The two hearing dates are November 6th & 7th, 2019. The hearing will take place at Atchison & Denman Court Reporting & Mediation Services, which is located at 170 Attwell Drive, Suite 300, in Etobicoke, Ontario.

We look forward to seeing you there. If it is your intention to attend please write to contact@accomponent.ca. This will help us to accommodate the number of attendees. If you will be attending please arrive by 9:30 am so that we can get everyone settled before the hearing begins.