Canadian Air Navigation Specialists Association files for conciliation after talks break down with NAV Canada

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TORONTO—The Canadian Air Navigation Specialists Association (CANSA) at Unifor Local 1016 filed a Notice of Dispute last week to enter conciliation after hitting an impasse with NAV Canada in bargaining that began in May of last year.

“This filing is a continuation of the bargaining process with outside assistance,” said James Walker, president of CANSA and Unifor Local 1016. “We are committed to negotiating the best possible deal for our members during these challenging times.”

CANSA and Nav Canada completed their seventh round of bargaining during Jan. 29 to 31, 2024, but negotiations slowed as both parties continue to deal with issues with compensation and concessions.

The bargaining committee firmly believes the gap between the compensation and concessions is too great at this stage of bargaining., 

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CANSA filed its Notice of Dispute with the Minister of Labour, asking for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to step in help resolve the outstanding issues.

The minister has 15 days to appoint a conciliator. Once the appointment has been made, the conciliator will provide dates to commence the conciliation process and the union will advise the membership. 

It provides a 60-day period of conciliation followed by a 21-day “cooling-off” period. Only at the end of this process would the parties be in a legal strike/lockout position.

The CANSA bargaining team will update its members with any new developments.

The union would like to thank the membership for their continuing show of support.

CANSA represents approximately 281 members, who are the general technicians at NAV Canada.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For more information, please contact Unifor National Communications Representative Jenny Yuen at @email or (416) 938-6157.

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