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.

Training Hotel – YUL Flow Through Update

We are updating the membership regarding our current Rouge flow through members being housed at the EVO Student Residence in Montreal during their training program. The Company finally decided to act on our concerns and these members will soon be moved to traditional / full-service hotel accommodation over the next few days.

This was a concerted team effort by the Local 4098 President, Hotel Committee chairs and our Component President to bring forward our strong opposition to the company and ensure that our CUPE members would not accept anything less than what is provided for as standard layover accommodation as per the language of the Collective Agreement.

When we were initially advised of the training accommodation, we immediately requested a full site inspection, prior to any members staying at the EVO.  The inspection took place on September 17, 2019. The CUPE Hotel Inspector attended the audit and reported back to the Team, with detailed notes related to the health, safety and security of the property. Together the team determined that the hotel was non-compliant with our standards and reported our concerns back to the company. We put the company on notice that we would not compromise our standards nor the safety and security of our members whether it be for training purposes or otherwise. Following the site inspection, the company sought concurrence from the Union of which it was subsequently denied. (Click HERE to view the denied Concurrence letter).

The Company chose to ignore our denial and continued with its plan to house our members in this accommodation. Following the denial, we continued to follow-up with our ongoing concerns. We remained unsatisfied and we proceeded, with the filing of a grievance on October 1, 2019 (Click HERE to view the grievance). The Hotel Committee continued to bring its concerns forward to Crew Administration, and we included Labour Relations.

When the Union raised our specific concerns, we were very clear that to continue to house our members at the EVO was not without risk to their health, safety, security and overall well-being while away from home base. Thanks to the efforts of many concerned parties and members we have been successful in convincing the company to re-locate the affected Rouge flow through members to a full-service Hotel property.

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

Robyn Sharpe
President, Local 4098

Melinda Allen & Alex Habib
Co-Chairs, Component Hotel Committee

Notice of Upcoming Election – Component Trustee Position 3-Year Term

In accordance with Appendix “B” of the Air Canada Component Bylaws, anyone wishing to be nominated for the available Component Trustee position should adhere to the following information:

– A Trustee election shall be held every year in January, last a minimum of ten (10) days and close at 12:00 noon EST on the final day of voting. (Article B.5.1)  If an election is necessary to fill this position, it will begin on January 8, 2020 at 9 am EST, and will end on January 22, 2020 at 12 pm EST.

– Members who wish to be nominated for the available Component Trustee position shall file nomination papers and a completed Oath of Nomination form, to be received by the Chairperson of the Component Tabulating Committee by November 15th in the calendar year preceding the Component Officer Elections. (Article B.6.1)

– Candidates shall disclose their full name and intended position clearly on the nomination papers prior to soliciting signatures. (Article B.6.2)

– Nomination forms, as provided by the Component Tabulating Committee, must have at least fifty (50) signatures from eligible voters on the Membership List. (Article B.6.3)

– The Oath of Nomination form (Appendix “F”) must be completed in its entirety in order to be accepted by the Tabulating Committee. (Article B.6.4)

NOTE: For interested candidates, a complete instruction package with Nomination Sheets and the Oath of Nomination will be available on the Air Canada Component website www.accomponent.ca, as well as by request from your Local office, or by clicking HERE. It is recommended that you read the complete instruction package.

DEADLINE:  Completed original Nomination Sheets and the Oath of Nomination must be received no later than, November 15, 2019 at 16:00 EST at the following address:

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Nomination Sheets and the Oath of Nomination received after November 15, 2019 at 16:00 EST will NOT be accepted. The Tabulating Committee recommends sending your documentation by registered mail to ensure timely delivery and receipt.

In Solidarity,

Your Component Tabulating Committee