Air Traffic Controllers Ratify Agreement
August 12, 2011, 2:00 PM EST
CATCA CAW Local 5454 announced today that its members had voted 79 per cent in favour of a contract settlement reached last month with NAV Canada. Approximately 85 per cent of the membership cast ballots.
The new contract, which runs until March 31, 2013, provides a cumulative salary increase of six per cent by April 1, 2012, besides other improvements.
Negotiations for a new agreement began last December, the tentative agreement was reached on Sunday July 24, 2011.
Union president Greg Myles thanked all who participated in the vote and expressed his satisfaction with the outcome.
"The commitment by both parties to reach a freely negotiated settlement demonstrates that outside intervention is not required nor even desirable," said Myles.
"Creativity and awareness of the labour environment are key ingredients to quality agreements that far exceed the benefits of heavy handed government intervention in the preservation of Canada's recovering economy. The endorsement by our membership confirms that free collective bargaining is the right solution. We are extremely pleased that our team was able to show a better way to labour peace and productivity."
CATCA CAW Local 5454 represents Canada's 2,100 Air Traffic Controllers, licensed professionals responsible for the provision of Air Traffic Control service for all aircraft flying in and around Canada.