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Update on Grievances and the Unfair Labour Practice (ULP)

July 7, 2021

Update on Grievances and the Unfair Labour Practice (ULP)

As all members are aware, CATCA had initiated various forms of legal action in December 2020 and January 2021 in response to actions NAV Canada had taken when issuing 49 letters of surplus to members in 4 ACCs and the launch of 7 LOS studies in and around the same time.  These actions took the form of grievances under the Collective Agreement (Articles 4, 31, 32, 33), as well as an Unfair Labour Practice (ULP) filed at the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB).

As the letters of vulnerability and surplus have been rescinded and the Level Of Service (LOS) studies reduced to focus solely on hours of operation, the Executive Board (EB) met on June 21 & 22, 2021, to discuss our position on the continuation of the grievances and ULP.

After weighing the benefits and risks associated with continuing to seek a decision from a third party, the EB has decided the arbitration should be adjourned “Sine Die,” keeping the arbitrator seized, and the arbitrator agreed to such.  Essentially, this means that the arbitration is put on hold and can be reopened at any time with the same arbitrator. The arbitrator requested a status update no later than October 1, 2021, as both parties will continue talks to resolve the matters of the grievances mutually.

At the moment, the ULP mediation is still ongoing as the first round of talks were positive, and NAV Canada is currently working on suggestions to bring to the table in an effort to resolve many of the issues of interest in the ULP. Updates on the ULP will be provided as the information becomes available.

On Behalf of the Executive Board;

Doug Best                                                                                Scott Loder
President                                                                                 Executive Vice President

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