Call on the federal government to stop denying workers their unemployment benefits

By temporarily replacing the Employment Insurance program, the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit has provided critical support to millions of Canadians and their families during the COVID-19 crisis.

But it also has a glaring loophole that is short-changing workers whose jobs have been affected by COVID-19, who should be receiving additional employer-funded income assistance.

Hundreds of thousands of workers in Canada have access to Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) payments when they are on layoff. These special, employer-paid benefit “top-ups” can provide hundreds of dollars per week to offset a worker’s loss of income.

Unlike Employment Insurance, the CERB rules deny workers their SUB payments. The federal government must fix this critical flaw in the CERB rules without delay.

We’re calling on all of our members to support our call for the federal government to allow workers whose jobs have been affected by COVID-19 to access SUB payments, if they’re eligible to receive them. It doesn’t cost the government a dime, but it can make a world of difference for workers whose livelihoods are on the line.

Send a letter to Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough and Finance Minister Bill Morneau using the form letter provided HERE, to urge them to change these unfair rules that deny workers facing hard times from accessing benefits they’re entitled to. You can also copy your local MP by entering your postal code here and finding your local MP’s contact information.

Follow Up To Last Week’s Secretary-Treasurer Update

Further to the Secretary-Treasurer’s update last week, the Air Canada Component Executive (ACCEX) has continued to discuss the matter of union dues during these difficult times, and we recognize the challenges some of our members face. ACCEX acknowledges that our membership has been severely impacted by the effects of COVID-19, especially financially. As such, we are happy to report that we have passed a motion to temporarily reduce union dues for the block months of April 2020 and May 2020.

On an exceptional, one-time basis, the Air Canada Component will reduce union dues for these two block months by two-thirds. For these two months you will only be charged 0.5% of gross earnings compared to the regular 1.5% of gross earnings. This will directly impact those members in receipt of CEWS benefits, as well as members actively flying. We hope this reduction will make a difference for you all.

The Component will continue to remit our per capita payments to CUPE National as per the CUPE Constitution and remit monthly budgets to the Locals as per the Component Bylaws. For the most part, these will be covered by the reduced dues, and any remaining amounts will come from the Component’s cash reserve. We have a $1.7 million GIC that matures on May 1, 2020, and the interest received from this investment will cover the majority of the Component’s fixed operating costs during this time frame.

We are happy to be able to do our small part to assist our members during this exceptional time. We are here for you and will continue to be until we can all rest easy and know that we weathered this storm together.

In solidarity,

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