Earlier this month Nav Canada approached the IBEW 2228 and all other bargaining agents that represent Nav employees with a proposal to help the company with the reality of declining revenues due to an overwhelming decrease in air traffic caused by the pandemic, COVID-19. The proposal is a request for temporary economic relief while the company plans for the future. The economic relief would be accomplished by delaying retroactive payments and economic increases negotiated in bargaining.
This proposal came after Nav Canada had already taken numerous measures to reduce costs, including compensation reductions for members of its Executive Management Committee, Board of Directors and management.
This proposal was taken to the Local’s executive Board for debate and a vote on behalf of the membership. The Executive Board and myself, after great deliberation felt this action was crucial to avoid the company initiating any workforce adjustments in the near future. The proposal was approved by the Executive Board.
The details of the implementation delay are as follows;
1.The 3% increase scheduled for January 1, 2020 for IBEW employees will be deferred to September 30, 2020. The 3% wage increase shall be implemented for the pay period that commences October 1, 2020.
2.The retroactive payment due to IBEW employees shall be delayed until September 30, 2020. Full payment of the retroactive adjustments shall be made on the pay period ending September 30, 2020.
3.Any member who retires before September 30, 2020 shall receive a retroactive salary payment due for the period January 1, 2020 through to their retirement date. Additionally, all retirement payments, allowances and pension entitlement calculations, shall be made assuming the 3% salary increase had occurred on January 1, 2020 and shall factor in all retroactive payments referenced herein.
4.It is recognized by both the Union and the Company that the financial future of NAV Canada is uncertain at the current time. It is also recognized that financial uncertainty may cause NAV Canada to request an extension to the September 30, 2020 date. The parties agree to meaningful discussion about any possible extension to the September 30th date as it approaches.
Business Manager/ Financial Secretary