Today is Nav Canada’s 22nd birthday. Hurray! But if UCTE members aren’t feeling particularly festive today, perhaps it’s because they’ve been without a contract for 305 days….

They certainly deserve better.

Last month, PSAC applied for conciliation in the hopes that it could help break the impasse. Recent rounds of mediation with Nav Canada’s bargaining team have done little to nudge the employer from its uncompromising position.

Monetary issues are at the heart of the current impasse; UCTE wants its members to benefit from the same terms and conditions as all other unionized Nav Canada employees.

“This employer boasts about being one of Canada’s best employers; meanwhile, Nav Canada is effectively trying to impose unequal treatment in the workplace,” said UCTE President Dave Clark.

In their 2017 annual report, Nav Canada highlighted its #2 ranking in Forbes’ annual list of best Canadian employers. The corporation noted that its first goal “is to be regarded as a top employer by [its] employees” and expressed its desire to maintain its focus on “creating a motivating and satisfying workplace.”

This year, Nav Canada’s ranking fell to #15.

“If Nav Canada really wants its employees to regard them as the best employer, it can start by treating them fairly,” concluded Clark.

“Get back to the table. Negotiate in good faith. Offer your employees a fair deal.”

For more information, please consult our latest update on Nav Canada bargaining.