Tentative deal struck between NAV Canada, PSAC

Union unanimously recommends ratification

On Nov. 4, the union representing employees at NAV Canada, which operates the country’s civil air navigation system, penned a new tentative collective agreement.

The contract, which expires Dec. 31, 2016, is being unanimously recommended by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).

Should the collective agreement be ratified by members, employees will have the choice of either choosing a two per cent retroactive wage increase for 2014 or a $2,000 lump sum payment. For each 2015 and 2016, employees will get a two per cent wage hike.

Other bargaining units at NAV Canada are undergoing changes to their pension plans, and this agreement will follow the same scheme. That means that employees hired after the ratification date will be enrolled in a defined benefit plan of 1.1 per cent per year of service — the employer will bear the full cost of the contributions. All new ongoing employees on this plan will be given a $2,000 lump sum payment upon completion of their probationary period.

For current employees, there are no major changes to their pension. However, in the event that a member terminates employment before retirement, benefits would not be indexed to inflation for the years going forward, between the date of termination and the retirement date.

As well, the deal includes improvements to overtime, bereavement leave, travel premiums and the union’s social justice fund.

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