TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2015 /CNW/ - Members of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association (CATCA / Unifor Local 5454) have ratified a one-year collective agreement, effective April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, by a majority of 88%. 83% of the membership cast ballots.
The new agreement, which was unanimously recommended by the 20-member bargaining team, calls for a 2.5% increase on salaries and Air Traffic Control premium, with all other terms of the collective agreement renewed for a period of one year.
Cross-country ratification meetings revealed frustration on the part of members on a number of fronts – especially the chronic understaffing of units, and the feeling that the employer has failed to recognize controllers' role in increased productivity and efficiencies.
"It would be a mistake to interpret today's ratification result as satisfaction with the status quo," said CATCA's national president Peter Duffey. "On the contrary, it is an affirmation of solidarity and determination to win recognition for the crucial contributions of air traffic controllers to the safety and success of aviation."
President Duffey thanked the membership for participating in the vote and speaking out about their concerns. "We have heard you loud and clear, and the fight to defend your interests will continue."
CATCA / Unifor 5454 represents Canada's 2,000 Air Traffic Controllers, licensed professionals responsible for the safe takeoff, landing, and in-flight separation of all aircraft flying in and around Canada.
SOURCE CATCA Unifor Local 5454
For further information: contact Peter Duffey, President CATCA / Unifor Local 5454, (905) 699-7383