Crew Rest, DOT and the illusive double draft Procedures for booking crew rest or exceeding your duty period and receiving the Duty Period Overtime premium are outlined in B5.02.03.03. It is important to remember
1)Each person makes an individual decision and communicates it to the Service Director, who communicates it to Crew Scheduling. The SD can delegate this to another FA depending on workload, but generally it should only be one person communicating with crew scheduling.
2)If you opt to exceed the duty period and get the DOT premium, it only applies to the flight time credits in duty period which exceed the limitation, not the entire pairing.
3)The only way to get draft and DOT (double draft) is to be drafted for a flight first, then elect to exceed your duty period and receive DOT. If this occurs you will incur one 50% premium for draft and one 50% premium for exceeding, resulting in effect double the pay. This may also occur if you are on reserve and operate into a day off and receive the reserve RDO premium. There is no other legal way in the collective agreement to get 'double time" or double draft.
If you attempt to negotiate with crew scheduling outside the parameters of the CA the Union may be unable to enforce the terms of your deal, meaning we may not be able to file a grievance if the Company subsequently decides not to grant you the extra pay. Additionally, you could be investigated or disciplined depending on the nature of the interaction. Remember that DOT, draft, and reserve days off premium are just codes on your pairing, which can be added or removed at any time. If you can't reach the union right away, there is still the opportunity to have the codes added after you return from the pairing, so if you are unsure of your rights, contact us to determine what premiums, if any, you are entitled to.
Up In Smoke GTAA has announced that it will prohibit the smoking and vaping of cannabis on GTAA property. The GTAA will also be setting up special no tamper garbage bins for passengers to dump their weed prior to departure, as it remains illegal to transport and enter most other countries with this controlled substance.
With cannabis use, there is no consensus on a bench mark for measurement or test, nor is there a set level of THC in the blood to constitute impairment. There is also no set time length that experts agree upon between use and the offset of the high of impairment. Often impairment depends significantly on the type of drug, concentration of THC, how often the person uses, body type and general health. The method of delivery can also significantly impact impairment, as smoking delivers an instant injection of the drug while edibles can result in slower onset of impairment which may last longer.
There is also some research that suggests that THC can be stored in fat cells and reactivated in the blood stream days later during a period of high stress and adrenaline release.
We believe that impairment at work should remain the focus for any type of drug use policy, and we are in discussions with the Company and other unions about the newly released Drug and Alcohol Policy. See here for CUPE National recommendations on drug and alcohol use workplace policy.
Until such time the policy changes, we recommend that all employees make best reasonable efforts to read, understand and adhere to the current Company policy and also be mindful of public conversation or social media posts in relation to drug and alcohol use. The legal landscape around this is ever shifting, and we don't recommend you push the boundaries to become the test case to establish legal jurisprudence. Don't get into trouble and watch your career go up in smoke.
Check your Pay Statements! Don’t forget to check your pay statements anytime something new and exciting happens to your schedule. Duty Period Overtime, Reserve Day off and Draft premiums all appear under “ground duty credits” on your detailed flight pay summary, which can be found on HR Connex. For more information on how to read you pay summary, check out Administrative Procedures on Epub.
Do your duty please! A gentle reminder that the Service Director should put in for ground duty credits any time meal, bar or water service is provided to passengers on the ground for delays that exceed 30 minutes. Flight attendants are not able to do such a claim themselves, so they rely on you to follow through on their behalf.
Why are you waiting to call in sick, block holder? Go to bed!
As a block holder, your book off only begins at the time you fail to report to work your flight due to illness. Waiting up until 12:01 to book off does not save you any sick days, so go to bed sleepyhead! In fact, waiting until the next calendar day to book off may cause problems for the operation, as crew scheduling cannot call replacement crew between 23:00 and 08:00, or more than 2 ½ hours prior to departure, to assign the pairing. This means that reserves are getting late call outs or possibly drafting may occur to cover your absence- plus you feel like garbage because you are sick and stayed up too late. Call to book off as soon as you realize you are not feeling well. Sick days are charged in 24 hours increments, so watch the clock when you are booking back on instead. If you are even 1 minute over the 24 hour period, you will be charged another sick day. Sick days are only deducted for duty days and non guaranteed days off. Please note that for reserve members, your book off starts at the time of your call. Check out Article 9, Sick Leave, B5.04 & .05 Legal Rest Periods of your Collective Agreement
LOA and Booking Off If you request a Leave of Absence and subsequently book off, you may have your book off denied and find yourself with an unavailable for duty - fault instead! Should this occur, please write a report to us. It is our position that the Company cannot refuse your book off. If they have questions or concerns about the validity of your book off, they have the ability under Article 9 to request a medical note as substantiation. Please document all efforts and costs associated with any attempt to have the unavailable fault reversed, including if, how and when medication substantiation was requested.
Pre-Approval & Special Authorization CUPE would like to remind you that for large, out of pocket medical expenses, such as compression hose, orthotic inserts or orthopaedic shoes, you can have Claim Secure 'pre approve' the expense by submitting a predetermination or preauthorization form. Be sure to include the price, brand & serial number of the product you wish to purchase. The form can be found un HR Connex> Benefits > ClaimSecure > Claim Forms.
A number of members have contacted the Benefits Committee with concerns that their claim for prescription drugs have been delayed or denied because ClaimSecure has instructed them to apply for Special Authorization.
The list of prescription drugs that require Special Authorization can be found through:
ACAeronet -> My Forms -> Special Authorization -> Drug List OR Via the ClaimSecure app. My Forms -> Special Authorization -> Drug List
Lifetime Maximum for Health Benefits Air Canada Claim Secure online has recently added access to your lifetime maximum amount. Each member of our health plan has a lifetime maximum amount of $50 000. When you make health benefit claims that exceed $2000 per year, the overage amount is deducted from your $50 000. We have access to a wide selection of health benefits some things, such as compression stockings or orthopaedic shoes can cost hundreds of dollars – so it is important to monitor your usage to ensure you continue to have coverage. To access your lifetime amount log into HR Connex -> Health & Dental Claims -> My Claims -> Claim Totals -> Lifetime Maximum
Be Social Media Savvy!
There has been an uptick in members being called into meetings for postings on social media. Identifying yourself as an Air Canada employee sets you up to be called into a meeting for anything you say, anywhere on line, any time. The safest way to avoid potential discipline is to simply remove from your online profile anything that identifies you as an AC employee.
We also remind members to refrain from posting flight numbers, crew member or passenger names, seat numbers, pairings, schedules or hotel names. Everyone- crew and clientele- are entitled to privacy and posting this type of info may also pose a safety and security risk.
On our local website under Member Resources you can find CUPE National’s Social Media guidelines. Air Canada also has a Code of Conduct and Social Media guidelines, which are accessible as you log into AcAeronet. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with these policies, as well as the policies of Facebook, Twitter, Yammer and any other social media you are using. You may be surprised what you are consenting to every time you log in, who owns your information and what can be done with it.
No one is saying that you don’t have the right to express your opinion, whatever it is. But posting on the internet while identifying yourself and an Air Canada employee is the equivalent of shouting your opinion in the middle of a large crowd wearing your uniform. You have rights but the Company as your employer has rights as well. Before you post, you need to ask yourself if the message you are sending is really the right one.