On Friday many of you received your generic layoff notices from Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge. In our opinion these should have been individually addressed to you. We are hopeful that for each of you that reached out to us on this, that you also reached out directly to the employer. This is something we agree that needs to change, you are not a number, you are a person, and at a time like this consideration and compassion should be shown.
The following information is designed to assist you with regards to helping you navigate the policies that govern the layoffs that some of our members will face. Full details were included in your layoff notice. If you have any questions about the policies, we encourage you to reach out to the employer for clarity. Over the weekend many of you have written in with questions and we have done our best to compile some of the most common below:
Do I continue to be a Union member while on layoff status?
Yes, you are still considered a member while you retain recall rights. You may participate in membership meetings and participate in any elections/referendums that take place while you are on layoff status.
Do I apply for EI Regular Benefits or the CERB?
As you have been laid-off you should apply for EI Regular Benefits through Service Canada, which will initially be paid out as the CERB and then you will move to EI. More information can be found here or by contacting Service Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-regular-benefit.html.
Your ROE will be sent directly to Service Canada by the employer, but you should apply as of your layoff date June 7th.
Do I need to maintain my health, dental, and life insurance benefits?
The maintaining of your benefits is optional and you do not need to extend them during your layoff unless you choose to. The only exception to this is for residents of Quebec who need to maintain drug coverage as per la Régie de l’assurance-maladie du Québec (RAMQ). Information on the cost and process to maintain your benefits will be sent within 10 days of your official layoff. In the meantime, you maintain coverage until the end of June.
Will I maintain access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP)?
Mainline members on layoff will still have access to the Employee Assistance Program until December 31, 2020.
Do I maintain travel benefits?
While on layoff, you will be granted Air Canada personal travel privileges – including your spouse, dependent children, parents, and partners, with the exception of OAL travel. Travel is permitted for 365 days from the date of layoff.
Why are we not receiving severance pay as outline in the Labour Code?
Certain types of layoffs are not considered terminations under the Canada Labour Code. If the layoff is for more than three months but not more than 12 months, and the employee maintains recall rights pursuant to Collective Agreement (Article 17.20), the layoff is not considered termination of employment. Without termination of employment, there is not an entitlement to severance.
How does the recall process work?
The recall provision for both Mainline and Rouge members can be found at Article 17.16 of the Collective Agreement. Master Seniority governs recalls and you will be contacted for the first available position at either Mainline or Rouge that your seniority entitles you. You are not forced to transfer between companies and can decline a recall if it is not to the point of layoff. Your point of layoff is your current home base at your current airline (I.e. Toronto Base at Air Canada Mainline).
Recall notices will be sent by registered mail to the address on file with the Employer.
For Mainline members please provide any changes via the HR Connex Home Page under the section “Personal Information change” or contact the Employee Care Team at 1-833-847-EMPL (3675).
For Rouge members, please provide any changes to your personal information through Success Factors https://hcm17.sapsf.com/login?company=ACLG#/login. In addition, telephone contact numbers must be updated in CrewLink.
We encourage you to reference the layoff notice you received for any further questions regarding the layoff process.
Your Union will be monitoring the seniority lists for recalls, absences and anomalies and will ensure that the Collective Agreement is adhered to for all processes. Please continue to reach out as needed.
In extreme solidarity,