The Union is happy to announce that the Company has just advised us that there will be 141 recall notices going out shortly. These notices will take effect with the September 2020 block month, however if you are interested in returning to work earlier that option will also exist. Please check your recall notice for more details. The Company has also confirmed that these recalls are all for Air Canada Mainline positions. In addition, those recalled will be recalled back to their home base.
All members being recalled will be notified via registered letter. Please note that due to COVID-19, there may be some delays in these letters reaching you. To compensate for this the Company will also be advising all those recalled via Company email and a courtesy phone call.
As a reminder the Collective Agreement says the following about recalls:
17.16.02 An employee on laid-off status shall be notified by the applicable company, of the first available assignment either at Air Canada Mainline or at Air Canada Rouge to which his/her seniority entitles him. Failure to advise the applicable company within seven (7) calendar days of the registered postmark date of his/her desire to be considered for the assignment shall disqualify him for the assignment.
Recall notice shall be sent by registered mail to the last address filed with the company.
The Company will reach out to you via registered letter to the last address you have listed with the employer. You have 7 calendar days to reply to the employer, from the date the letter was post marked. We have been advised that the letters will go out August 19, 2020.
What happens if I am due for training?
When you are recalled, you will be put into a training class.
Are we still able to bid for a September block?
Unfortunately bidding has closed for September. Recalled crew members will likely be awarded a reserve block.
Do I have to accept a position back to my home base? Can I decline the recall coming back to where I was laid off from?
As per Article 17.16.04 the following is applicable:
17.16.04 If the employee is notified of a permanent assignment at the point of layoff, s/he must accept, and report for duty within fourteen (14) calendar days from the date notice was sent. An acceptance of permanent assignment at other than the point of layoff shall be optional for the individual concerned; however, should s/he accept, s/he shall report for duty within twenty-one (21) calendar days from the date of registered postmark. This time limit may be extended by Air Canada or Air Canada Rouge, as applicable, under extenuating circumstances.
Please do not hesitate to reach out for clarity on the process or any concerns you may have.