The Contract Committee of CATCA CAW Local 5454 met November 1-5, 2010 in Toronto to prepare the groundwork for collective bargaining.
In attendance were President Greg Myles and Executive Vice-President Doug Best; Regional Vice-Presidents Rob Allan, Yves Langlois, Peter Duffey, Bryan Healy, and Scott Shields; elected members Mark Bernard (YVR ACC & Tower), James Krause (IFR West), David Hartwick (VFR West), Robert Evans (VFR East), Dave Doerksen (YYZ ACC & Tower), Richard Landreville (IFR Bilingual), Sophie Noel (Non-ops), Geneviève St-Pierre (VFR Bilingual), and Roger Soucy (IFR East); and CAW National Staff Representative Abe Rosner.
The week of meetings, chaired by President Greg Myles, was dedicated to a detailed review of the dozens of contract proposals received from branches across the country. Our work benefited from the direct knowledge and involvement of the Regional Vice-President and elected member from each respective region or function. All proposals were analyzed, discussed, and debated, and consensus was reached. The results will be compiled into a document to be served on NAV Canada on December 1.
On Wednesday morning, the committee welcomed Jim Stanford, chief economist for the CAW. He presented an overview of the economic situation, with specific focus on the health and prospects of the aviation industry and NAV Canada’s business results, followed by a discussion period. Jim concluded by reminding the committee that the CAW’s economic, research, and other resources will be fully available as needed to help achieve the best possible contract settlement.
The next meetings of the Contract Committee, and the formal commencement of bargaining with NAV Canada, are scheduled for Halifax on Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, 2010. The Contract Committee would like to thank all local branches and members who took such an active interest and worked hard in formulating proposals for improving our collective agreement.