Strike vote scheduled with CANSA members after impasse with NAV Canada

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The approximately 281 members of the Canadian Air Navigation Specialists Association (CANSA) at Unifor Local 1016 are preparing for a strike vote next week after NAV Canada failed to reach an agreement with the union over wages and concessions.

“Nav Canada continues to claim they value CANSA members and their contributions, but fails to follow through on that with an acceptable offer,” said James Walker, CANSA President. “Strike action is not something we take lightly, but our hard-working and dedicated members deserve respect.”

Since negotiations with Nav Canada stalled, the committee has made the decision to seek a strike mandate from its members to let the company know that CANSA members are prepared to take strike action if necessary. Strike vote meetings will take place across the country from March 25 to 28.

The online strike vote will take place on April 3 to April 10.

Once CANSA has a strike mandate from the membership, it will be in legal strike position starting on May 4, 2024, at 12:01 a.m.

The unit represents members in Air traffic Control Simulation, Operational support, NOTAM, Flight Data Analysts and Aeronautical Information management at NAV Canada.

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.

On March 20 to 22, 2024, the CANSA bargaining committee met with Nav Canada with the assistance of the FMCS Conciliator for a second time. 

This round of bargaining has stalled as Nav Canada continues to devalue the work of these Unifor members, particularly around significant concessions on the table relating to the company’s five-year training plans.

CANSA has conciliation meetings with the employer scheduled on April 10 and 11, as conciliation ends on April 12, 2024.

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

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Jenny Yuen

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