NCJC / CMNC NAV CANADA JOINT COUNCIL
CONSEIL MIXTE DE NAV CANADA
Minutes of the Nav Canada Joint Council
January 31, 1997 - 0900 EST
Room 601 NJC Offices, 240 Sparks Street
Attending: Co-Chairman Jean-Marc Blake, Nav Canada
Co-Chairman Dave Lewis, CATCA
Member Fazal Bhimji, CATCA
Member Robert Desfonds, UCTE
Member Paul Morse, IBEW
Member Ron Richardson, AOGA
Member Ron Smith, ATSAC
Member Dave Parco, PIPSC
Member Sam Carderelli, APSFA
Committee Chair Robert Corkett, Nav Canada
Committee Chair Andy Vasarins, Nav Canada
General Secretary Herb Brennen, Nav Canada
Absent: Member Jacques Bernier, UCTE
Member Peter Allan, Nav Canada
Member Pierre Proulx, Nav Canada
Member Vic Dupere, Nav Canada
Member Ken Garlough, Nav Canada
Member Rich Newman, Nav Canada
Observers were in attendance.
1. Welcome to Members - The Chairman welcomed members and observers to the
second meeting of the Nav Canada Joint Council. He explained that the lack of Nav
Canada representation was not from lack of interest but confusion over proper notice.
2. Minutes of the Joint Council meeting of October 9, 1996 - It was noted that
Mr. Paul Morse, IBEW’s name was incorrectly spelled.
Resolution #0001 Moved by Ron Smith, seconded by Sam Carderelli. Carried.
Resolution: That the minutes of October 9, 1996 be adopted as corrected.
3. Committee Reports
a. Executive - Dave Lewis reported that the Executive had met twice since
the last Council meeting. They had recommended a meeting schedule for all committees.
Recommended to the Council the approval of Bylaw amendments on finance, grievances
and notice for cyclical reviews. Established a contract for the acting position of General
Secretary with Herb Brennen for the period of January 1, 1997 to December 31, 1997.
Agreed to the staffing of a full time Executive Assistant for the NCJC office. The
position will be offered to Nav Canada employees once a job description has been
approved by Classification. Approved the cyclical review for eight directives and asked
committees to forward their recommendations on the balance of the directives. Reviewed
training and education and scheduled their next meeting for February 28.
b. Directives - One meeting held. Recommended cyclical review cycle for
all directives. Agreed to review all Directives for changes to reflect that the Employer is
now Nav Canada and that the company operates under the Canada Labour Code. Next
meeting is scheduled for March 11, 1997.
c. Occupational Safety and Health - One meeting held. Recommended
cyclical review for two directives. At the next meeting the Committee will complete the
assessment of cyclical review assignment for the Directives. Assigned nine directives for
revision of the language to reflect Nav Canada and the impact of the Canada Labour
Code. Committee members agreed to prepare for the April 22, 1997 meeting. the
Committee asked for the Executive to consider making available additional resources if
the committee finds that the CLC amendments which affect the directives appear to be
too complex and require legal review.
d. Benefits Board - First meeting is scheduled for February 5, 1997.
Council members requested copies of any briefing documents prepared for the various
plans managed by the Board. Nav Canada reported that they would bring in the
appropriate insurance experts to provide the Board with the proper information on each of
4. Council Meeting Scheduled for 1997 - The scheduled meeting dates are;
January 31, March 20, June 19, September 18, December 18
5. Recommendation of Cyclical Review Schedule of Directives - It was agreed
that each committee will review all directives to correct them to reflect the requirements
of the Canada Labour Code and the structure of Nav Canada. The Executive Committee
reported that the cyclical review schedule be as follows to allow for the required six
months notice as presently required.
Personal Protective Equipment Directive - September 1, 1997
Motor Vehicles Operations Directive - September 1, 1997
Travel Directive - October 1, 1997
Living Accommodation Charges - October 1, 1997
Relocation Directive - March 1, 1998
Clothing (Uniforms) - March 1, 1998
Commuting Assistance - March 1, 1998
Isolated Posts - October 1, 1998
Bilingual Bonus - October 1, 1998
Definition of Spouse MOU - October 1, 1998
6. Other Business
The Council agreed that committee minutes will first be drafted and sent
to the Chairman and then to committee members for comment. Time limits will be
established for comments and then the minutes will be translated and circulated as
b. Budget - referred to March 20, 1997 meeting.
c. Financial Bylaws
The following bylaw amendments were circulated to the Joint Council for
their approval on March 20, 1997.
1. Signing Authority
All cheques issued or endorsed in the name of Nav Canada Joint Council
shall be signed by such officers, employees or agents of the NCJC in such
manner as shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Joint
Any NCJC officer, employee or agent so appointed may endorse cheques
for deposit with the NCJC’s bankers for credit of the NCJC or the same
may be deposited directly with the bankers of the NCJC.
Any NCJC officer, employee or agent appointed by the Executive
Committee may arrange, settle, balance and certify all books and accounts
between the NCJC’s bankers and the NCJC and may receive all paid
cheques and vouchers and sign all bank’s forms of settlement of balances
and releases or verification slips.
All funds paid to the NCJC shall be deposited from time to time to the
credit of the NCJC in such manner as the Joint Council may approve.
3. Surplus Funds of the NCJC
The Joint Council may set aside a reserve for contingencies from the
surplus funds of the NCJC or may invest the surplus funds of the NCJC I a
manner as may be determined from time to time by resolution.
An auditor shall be appointed each year at the annual meeting of the
members of the NCJC to conduct an audit of the NCJC receipts and
expenditures, and to report findings to the NCJC.
Resolution #0002 Moved by Ron Smith, seconded by Fazal Bhimji. Carried.
Resolution: Be it resolved that NCJC expenditures require the approval of not less
than two members of the Executive Committee, one of whom must represent the
Employer and one of whom must represent the Bargaining Agents.
d. Naming of Alternates
The Council agreed with the Executive recommendation that no alternates
be named for the committees membership because it is important that each person
recognize their commitment to the process. A committee member may request that an
observer attend on their behalf with the understanding that the replacement has no vote
and doesn’t contribute to producing a quorum for the meeting. It was agreed that the
Executive Committee would review the practice of the using committee members for the
presentation of grievances before the committee and allowing an alternate (with voting
privileges) to sit on the committee discussion and decision or having the committee rep
wait outside until that grievance is decided by the balance of the committee.
e. Grievance Bylaws
It was agreed that the Bylaws should reflect the MOU signed on grievance
procedures. Fazal Bhimji agreed to provide the wording and such wording would be
circulated at the March 20 meeting for adoption at the June 19 meeting.
f. Committee Reports
Chairmen are to provide a written report ten days in advance of the Joint
Council meeting for circulation by the General Secretary.
g. INPUT - Bylaw 11
Explanation: To reduce the input period to reflect how more directly accessible all
employees of Nav Canada are than was the situation within the Federal Government.
Amend Bylaw 11.1.1 to read ninety days.
7. Date of Next Meeting - March 20, 1997 site to be determined. Agenda items to
be filled with the General Secretary by fax 613-591-5543 by March 6, 1997.