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Working with our Union

Non-exempt employees of Vancouver Airport Authority are part of a bargaining unit with the Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 20221. 2016 marked the last year of the former Collective Agreement, which maintained harmonious and mutually beneficial relationships between the Airport Authority, the Union and the employees and outlined the terms of conditions of employment.

In October 2016, the Union and the Airport Authority negotiating teams met and exchanged bargaining proposals. A number of sessions took place in 2016 and the new Collective Agreement was ratified in 2017.

Compensation and Benefits

Vancouver Airport Authority respects the privacy of each employee. Within the Collective Agreement that is printed and made available to all team members, the Airport Authority publishes its compensation salary structure reflecting a broad range of bargaining unit positions. The salary structure has 11 bands in it, each with six steps that employees progress through on an annual basis. This ranges from Band 1, with an entry level salary position at $34,689 and a maximum at $45,336, to Band 11, which includes roles such as IT Business Analyst, Environmental Specialist, Senior Project Engineer and Corporate Financial Analyst—with a starting salary of $80,708 and a maximum of $105,479. The median base salary for Union employees in 2016 was $78,403. The Collective Agreement provided for a 2.25 per cent salary increase in 2016 to bargaining unit employees.

Union and management jointly developed the job evaluation system that ensures gender neutrality and internal equity. The Airport Authority provides employees with a competitive compensation and benefits package in relation to the Greater Vancouver regional job market.

The Collective Agreement benefits package includes an RRSP contribution program where the employee contributes six per cent and the Airport Authority contributes an additional seven per cent. Additional employer paid benefits include medical, dental, extended health, long-term disability, sick leave, employee assistance for the employee and family members and life insurance. The Airport Authority pays 100 per cent of the premium cost of all benefits except long-term disability. Employees pay 15 per cent of the premium cost for long-term disability.

In 2013, the Airport Authority negotiated a pilot for the Shared Performance Pay program for Union employees, which was put in place for 2014 – 2016. When the organization achieves specific financial targets, employees receive a shared incentive payment, between $500 – $1,250 per employee based on Net Operating Margin (revenues excluding the Airport Improvement Fee). In 2016, eligible employees received a Shared Performance incentive of $879 per person for exceeding the target.

Management and excluded employees also participate in an incentive program based on corporate and personal performance.

In 2016, Vancouver Airport Authority spent $51.47 million on salaries, wages and benefits. We added 27 new permanent roles across the organization to our existing base of employees, for a net job gain of 27 as there were no layoffs.

Breakdown of YVR Employees for year ending December 31, 2016

  Management and Excluded Non-Bargaining Unit Bargaining Unit Total
Full-time 123 311 434
Part-time 2 10 12
Term 3 10 13
Total 128 331 459

Grievances and Arbitration

In 2016, the Airport Authority heard four grievances. Only one grievance was forwarded to arbitration, which will be heard in 2017.

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