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,