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The Weekly Dispatch – Reserve

MAINLINE
Reserve assignment is like no other and members who are on reserve need our support. We have an amazing Reserve Committee, and they are here to help. They can be reached at  reserve@accomponent.ca. Please go to the Component website www.accomponent.ca and you will find a copy of the Reserve Handbook:

Website:
– https://accomponent.ca/ > Member Resources > Reserve Handbook Mainline

Mobile App:
– Member Resources > Reserve Handbook Mainline

ROUGE
With the introduction of reserve at Rouge stemming from the 2019 reopener negotiations, please see the updated copy of the Collective Agreement attached HERE with the amendments. The reserve language can be found at L55.14.

Please refer to the Rouge PowerPoint presentation & Rouge Contract Guide contained in the bulletin linked below, where you will find guidance on the Rouge Reserve language:
Updated Contract Guides / Guides contractuels actualisés (mailchi.mp)

Night Dinner/Special Dinner

Mainline Members Only

On February 6, 2024, the Union concluded a discussion with Air Canada management on the issue of the Night Dinner/Special Dinner allowance. It has been noted that these expenses were not showing on members pay statements automatically and/or were not being paid out at all unless they were claimed.  This came to our attention via a Yammer discussion between members and Company representatives.  The Company advised the members: “This issue had indeed been ongoing due to the current pay system’s limitations. A new Crew Pay System is in scope within the OPSMOD program to tackle these current pain points. Thank you for your continued patience and please do not hesitate to reach out if you still have any unresolved Special Dinner claims.”

After our conversation with Air Canada, they issued the following bulletin:

February 6, 2024

Crew cycle expenses for Night Dinner for all night flight pairings.

Dear Cabin Crew,

Effective January 2024 block month, payment for all night flight pairings (per CA. B8.18) will be added manually for Crew Cycle Expenses. All earning(s) related to Night Dinner will be allocated in one payment and listed on your paystub only. The description will note “Crew Cycle Exp-Adjmt” on your pay statement. This adjustment will remove the requirement to submit an eClaim for this specific flying period.

Please refer to your pairing package for more detailed information.

Thank you,
Your IFS Crew Pay team

We highly encourage all members to review their pay on a monthly basis, both hours and expenses, to ensure you are receiving your hard-earned monies.  Should you have to do this?  No.  However, we have seen as of late that there have been countless errors that have been reviewed with Air Canada, needing correction.

Please ensure you claim all Special Dinner/ Night Dinner allowances you have not claimed and were entitled to.  We expect there to be many members who have missed out on this. We want to assure you we will be in discussion with the Company on how to confirm that members who were not properly paid these allowances can rightfully claim them.

In addition to the meal expenses, we are still looking into the vacation clawbacks.  We will have more information once we receive a response from the Company.  We have had productive meetings with them, and they assured us they are tackling this in an efficient manner to ensure the back log of claims will be addressed.

Important! WIP Application Guidelines

Important Information Covered Below:

1) TIME LINES TO SEE MEDICAL PRACTIONER (WHO CAN SIGN)
2) CLAIMS 14 DAYS OR LESS , MAPLE APP
3) TIME LINE FOR SUBMISSION
4) LOA HOW IT EFFECTS COVERAGE
5) REDUCED BLOCKS AND WIP
6) RETURN TO PLAN AFTER EI SICK INS CARVE OUT
7) RECURRENENT ILLNESS 

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1) 14 days to see a Medical Practitioner from the first flt missed
You must see a medical professional within 14 days of the day you first miss work to qualify for benefits commencing on the 8th day of your disability.

Your Medical Practitioner is only required to complete one of the applicable forms; physical health condition, or mental health condition in the WIP Application package unless you have both conditions.

Note that the following medical professionals you are seeking treatment from may sign the Medical Practitioner’s Questionnaire:

  • MD (any traditional medical doctor / family physician / specialist)
  • Nurse Practitioner

2) Claims 14 days or less
The following medical professionals: Dentists, Midwives, Chiropractors, used as first point of contact for Medical Treatment, may sign the for disabilities of a duration of 14 days or less. You must be under the care of a medical doctor after 14 days for continuation of coverage.

Have your medical professional clearly indicate the diagnosis, complications (if any), treatment, medication and all dates of visits.

When utilizing the Air Canada Maple app for an absence of 14 days or less, a Medical Practitioner’s Questionnaire is not required. Please obtain and submit a copy of the Medical Notes and Clinical Comments, available for you to download from within the Maple app, and submit with your other claim forms.

3) 30 days for a submission of an application from first day of work missed
You must submit proof of disability WITHIN 30 DAYS of your first day of work missed.

If you are submitting your claim late (after 30 days) please provide a written explanation regarding the delay. You may not be entitled to receive benefits for any period prior to the date Manion receives all required documentation unless you can show sufficient reason in writing as to why you could not meet the deadline.

4) 30 days to prepay for a LOA, from commencement of the LOA
Prepayment of premiums is required for an absence from the payroll of 16 or more calendar days. You must prepay the required premium in full within 30 days of the commencement of LOA in order to be eligible for benefit consideration following the end of the period.

If your leave of absence of 16 or more calendar days precedes your vacation and you have not prepaid the premium for that leave of absence, coverage will not be reinstated until you return to active work.

5) 30 Days to pay for RBP Reduced Block program
Members participating in the Reduced Block Program have the option to top-up their Wage Indemnity Plan (WIP) insurable earnings at a flat rate of 35 hours per month in the event that you become disabled during the RBP. This will ensure that the month following the conclusion of your RBP, if you continue to be disabled, your top-up would then take effect and your earnings would be calculated.

Book-off – March 2024 – earnings based on Dec 2023 / Jan 2024 / Feb 2024 flying pay.
Dec flying hours – 38
Jan flying hours – 36
Feb flying hours – 34

For the 3 months, December, January and February, your 3 months average flying hours would be equal to 36 hours. You would be paid 36 hours through to the termination of your RBP in 2024, 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 3.8 % plus the Employer’s cost of 1.07% as well as applicable taxes.

6) 30 Days from the end of EI carve out period
30 days to provide proof of disability from the termination of your disability benefits under the Employment Insurance act of Canada in order to reinstate your claim und the Wage Indemnity plan.

7) 30 days from the Recurrence of a Disability
If you return to active work on a full-time basis following a period of total disability for which benefits were payable and, within 31 days, again become totally disabled due to the same causes, you will be considered to have been continuously disabled for the purposes of the elimination period. If the subsequent disability is due to entirely different causes and separated by less than one full day during which you are actively at work, you will be considered to have been continuously disabled for the purposes of the elimination period.

If you have questions on the Wage Indemnity Plan please contact me at eberleywip@accomponent.ca.

On Behalf of The Board of Trust,

Patricia Eberley
Administrative Consultant