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Petition from Engineering Technologists

Jun 21, 2010

A petition is currently being circulated among members in the engineering department of NAV CANADA. The petition is addressed to the Director of Engineering and the Business Manager.

The petition requests that several things be negotiated in this round of bargaining to compensate for the fact that engineering technologists did not see any pay increase as a result of the recent arbitral award.  Virtually all these subjects are already on the table in some form or another.  They will be discussed.

However, the letter leads one to believe that the union sacrificed higher salaries for engineering members in exchange for an accelerated implementation date.  This is patently and unequivocally false.  For the record, the only option NAV CANADA gave the union in mediation was to increase the Level 2 salaries at the expense of the Level 1 salaries.  The negotiating team quickly rejected this because the value of the work performed by engineering technologists has not decreased. A decrease in this wage was out of the question and I stand by this decision without reservation.

The letter goes on to suggest that a member from the engineering department must be on the negotiating team in order to properly represent the interests of that group.  Although easy to understand, this idea demonstrates a lack of understanding about the role individuals play within a negotiating team.  No doubt, individuals bring to the table a variety of perspectives (regional, demographic, and departmental).  These are real and valuable.  However, it is made clear to all team members that they have a duty to represent all members regardless of a team member’s background.

Moreover, this union has always ensured that the needs of particular group within the union are addressed by creating subcommittees provided the subject under discussion only affects that group.  The fact is that the vast majority of subjects proposed by the union have the potential to improve the working conditions of the entire group.

Your negotiating team remains committed to negotiating the best possible agreement for all members.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

In solidarity,

Daniel J Boulet

Business Manager / Financial Secretary