OTTAWA, April 15 /CNW/ - CATCA - CAW Local 5454 announced today that its
members had voted 88% in favour of a contract settlement reached last month
with NAV Canada, 90% of the membership cast ballots.
The new contract, which runs until March 31, 2011, provides a cumulative
salary increase of 4.5% by October 2010; a new weekend premium; a new pay out
for sick leave upon retirement, besides other improvements.
Negotiations for a new agreement began last December with 5 weeks of
meetings. The tentative agreement was reached on Sunday March 29th two days
before the deadline.
Local Union president Greg Myles expressed his satisfaction with the
"Reaching this agreement before the deadline is a first for our union and
our company," said Myles. "The endorsement by our membership confirms that
free collective bargaining is the right solution. To get a quality agreement
in today's environment and on time speaks volumes for the dedication and
creativity of both teams and bodes well for the future."
CATCA represents over 2,100 of Canada's Air Traffic Controllers, licensed
professionals responsible for the safe takeoff, landing, and in-flight
separation of all aircraft flying in and around Canada.
For further information:
For further information: CAW National Representative Abe Rosner at (514)