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Member Weekly Update – Edition #9

March 10, 2021

Member Weekly Update – Edition #9

Please find the latest edition of weekly updates to the membership about ongoing Union business.

Your Executive Board (EB) would like to thank all those who participated in the survey; in all, CATCA saw an 80% membership response rate. These results will help quantify and accurately convey CATCA Member’s opinions about reductions to our workforce when speaking to NAV Canada, Politicians and the Media.  Thank you for taking the time to respond; click here to view the results.

President Doug Best, Executive Vice President Scott Loder, and Unifor President Jerry Dias are scheduled to meet with the Minister of Transportation, Omar Alghabra, on Tuesday, March 16th, at 11:30 am.  A summary of that meeting will be communicated to the Membership.

As mentioned in last week’s B&F, on February 23rd, CATCA’s legal team submitted our Reply regarding the Unfair Labour Practice complaint to the CIRB. The CIRB has responded to the complaint, and we are currently scheduling a meeting for later this week.

On December 22 and 23, 2020, CATCA filed grievances under multiple articles of the collective agreement. The grievances filed are in reference to violations of Articles 4, 31, 32 and 33. These grievances have now been scheduled to be heard by an arbitrator during the months of April and June 2021.

Attached to this B&F is a form letter for members to utilize when speaking with their local Government Officials. The influence that local Government Officials have on the Federal Government cannot be emphasized enough. We strongly recommend that “ALL” Members take advantage of sending the form letter, in conjunction with any of your own words, should you choose to do so.

We encourage Members to write personal letters as these can be very impactful in bringing awareness to the ongoing issues we are facing. CATCA also suggests that Members engage their family members and peers by asking them to write personal letters. Every letter or email received by a Government Official requires a response; this will help create more visibility for the Membership.

Letters should be sent to your local MP, The Minister of Transport’s office and the Prime Minister’s office. All MP addresses follow this formula:

To determine who your MP is, enter your postal code in the Voter Information Service box on this page: The Minister of Transport and the Prime Minister’s direct email addresses are:

Minister of Transport:

Prime Minister:

Please ensure that you include your full name when sending the letter. It is vital that your elected Government Officials hear from you. Click here to access the form letter.

To access previously published B&F’s, please click below.

Members are reminded to contact their immediate manager(s) to inform them that they may not be physically or mentally able to perform their job safely. If that is the case, please request assistance to help deal with the issue(s) you are experiencing. NAV CANADA has indicated that they will work with each member individually concerning these sensitive matters. We urge CATCA Members to utilize this avenue if they experience symptoms attributable to the current situation that could hinder your ability to perform your job safely.  In addition, you should reach out to your RVP and utilize EAP services to provide additional support that may be required; please click here or here.

We continue to ask all Members to remain professional as we attempt to continue discussions with NAV Canada over these decisions and their negative impacts. Please remain respectful to management in any discussions or written transactions you may have regarding voicing your concern on this.

On Behalf of the Executive Board;

Doug Best                                                                   Scott Loder
President                                                                    Executive Vice President

Click here for the PDF.