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I think the confusion is coming because there is no specific CRJ or DH8 or Q400 rate, only groups of rates.
Our contract (Section 10-9.01 for those that want to see) has 3 groups: "Small Body", "Narrow Body" and "Wide Body"
- Small Body is defined as max certified seating capacity to 90.
- Narrow Body is defined as single aisle, max certified seating capacity greater than 90.
- Wide Body is not defined (as it was never relevant) but one would assume twin aisle.
The CRJ 200/705, The DH8 1/3/Q4 are all certified under 90 seats, and as such are all defined as Small Body aircraft, having the same rate.
Essentially, if we got rid of all our Dash 8s, the pay rate would be the same. If we got rid of all our CRJs the rate would be the same. If we started to operate EMB 170s the rates would be the same. ATRs, the rates the same. But if we added say EMB190s (Max cert >90), they would be at the narrow body rate (Same as 757), and as such everyone would received a raise.
In summary, For all purposes the rates on the CRJ and the DH8 are the same, not because of status pay, but because they are grouped as Small Body, and so the "blended rate" would be blending two rates that are identical, coming out with a third identical number.
When the 757 were here, we were blending 125 Small Body, with 3 Narrow Body (6 airplanes, 1/2 year operation = 3 year round planes) to get a combined status pay rate. Since the exit of the 757s the pay rates have taken a small cut. (Offset by Cost Of Living Increase). Now we have only small body, so what you see as the status rates is in fact indicative of the DH8 rate, or the CRJ rate.
The actual numbers themselves are a little more complex, as there is some methodology used to calculate it. The rate given is for 16th year captain, and then they work backwards from that to arrive at a pay rate for each year of service.
For interest sake at the time of contact writing, the rates were:
Year 16 Capt, Small Body is 108.23/hr (As of July 2010)
Year 16 Capt, Narrow Body is 155/hr (As of July 2010)
More importantly, the current rates are below. These new pay rates still include some portion of the 757s, as the "blending" that occurred was an outlook of previous 6 months, and looking forward 6 months, that occurred in July of each year. Since 6 months prior to July 2012 we were still operating a few 757s, the number of airplanes / length of service was prorated and blended in to the rate. Bear in mind it wouldn't be the full amount of airframes, because they started to go back early spring, and were all gone April, with no intention of coming back. I think it was included in the formula as 2 757s. It'll be pretty close, but you can expect a straight CRJ/DH8 pay scale to be slightly less. (I would think in the ball park of $0.25-0.75/hr less when you strip out those 2 757s)
Pay Rates Effective July 1 2012
Year Captain First Officer
1 $78.25 $41.88
2 $80.21 $47.12
3 $82.22 $54.84
4 $84.28 $57.03
5 $86.39 $59.31
6 $88.55 $61.68
7 $90.76 $64.15
8 $93.03 $65.75
9 $95.36 $67.39
10 $97.74 $69.07
11 $100.18 $70.80
So there you have it. You can pretty much fairly compare the above rates (- say 0.25-0.75 to be fair when you strip out the 757s) for our Q400s with SR, Porter and Encore.
Hope that helps!