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.

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