The Reduced Block Program will continue to be offered to members 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. The Request and Payment must be completed within 45 days of the commencement of the Reduced Block Program.
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. The Top-Up is only applied in the event that you become disabled at the conclusion of the RBP. NOTE: No Top-Up applies during the RBP, it only comes into play at 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 2020/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 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.
Please contact Manion to make prepayment arrangements. NOTE: this is only for Air Canada MAINLINE members.
Please communicate with Manion’s contact centre for RBP rates. This must be done within 45 days of the commencement of the RBP.
1-866-532-8999 is the contact centre number.
press 1 for Plan Members.
press 5 for Coverage and Eligibility, you will then be connected to an agent.
If you have additional questions, please contact the undersigned.
On Behalf of The Board of Trust,
NOTE: All Policy Booklet information can be accessed on the Air Canada Component of CUPE web site www.accomponent.ca or on the mobile App.
Manion, Wilkins & Associates
626-21 Four Seasons Place
Toll Free Line: 1-800-663-7849
Contact Centre: 1-866-532-8999