Strike looms as conciliation ends with CANSA members still at impasse with NAV Canada

Main Image
a group of people posing for a photo

The Canadian Air Navigation Specialists Association (CANSA) at Unifor Local 1016 met with Nav Canada with the assistance of the FMCS Conciliator for a third time on April 10 and 11 without any progress towards reaching a fair deal. The parties are now at an impasse as conciliation ended on April 12.

“We are disappointed and frustrated that after our bargaining committee filed for conciliation in early February, the company has not taken our demands for fair wages, staffing practices, scheduling of work and job security seriously,” said James Walker, President of CANSA/Unifor Local 1016.

“Our members gave us a 95% strike mandate to demonstrate their resolve to NAV Canada. We're here for our members every step of the way, respectfully following the process. We'll fight for the best deal for them.”

In February, CANSA filed its Notice of Dispute with the Minister of Labour, asking for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to step in to help resolve the outstanding issues. A federal mediator been assisting the parties in conciliation and will now take on the role of a mediator in this dispute.

As of now, CANSA is in the 21-day cooling off period, where CANSA remains open to further meetings to settle this dispute respectfully and Maintenance of Activities agreement discussions are ongoing. CANSA will be in a legal strike position starting on May 4, 2024, at 12:01 a.m.

The local represents members in Air Traffic Control Training, Operational Support, Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), Flight Data Analytics and Aeronautical Information Management at NAV Canada locations from coast-to-coast.

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

Media Contact

Jenny Yuen

National Communications Representative