Air traffic controllers ratify collective agreement

Unifor Local 5454 members who work as Canadian air traffic controllers have voted 92 per cent in favour of their new four-year collective agreement with Nav Canada.

Highlights of the new agreement include a three per cent wage increase retroactive to April 1, 2019. Lisa Gordon Photo

“The bargaining committee made significant gains including wage increases and improved maternity leave benefits,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor national president. “Unifor members working as air traffic controllers are critical to ensuring passenger safety and deserve a contract that recognizes all their hard work.”

The highlights include:

  • Three per cent wage increases on salaries and premiums, retroactive to April 1, 2019;
  • Continued 2.25 overtime rate in the summer;
  • Ability to use sick leave bank for end of career leave;
  • Full salary top-up on maternity leave – 100 per cent of salary and premium;
  • Better lead time on schedule publication; and
  • Improvements in sick leave provisions to “improvements to salary protection provisions” in the event of disability.

“Our bargaining committee greatly exceeded the expectations of members by strengthening contract language and negotiating wage increases in this round of bargaining,” Peter Duffey, president of Local 5454-CATCA. “This line of work is complex, and the stakes are always high, with new challenges presenting on a daily basis. It is always rewarding to see our work recognized by the employer.”

Unifor Local 5454 represents more than 2,000 of Canada’s air traffic controllers from coast to coast.


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