Working with our Union
Non-exempt employees of Vancouver Airport Authority are part of a bargaining unit with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Local 20221. 2017 marked the first year of a new Collective Agreement, which will expire at the end of 2022. The agreement continues to maintain harmonious and mutually beneficial relationships between Vancouver Airport Authority, the Union and the employees and outlines the terms and conditions of employment.
Compensation and Benefits
As part of the Collective Agreement, we publish our 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 $35,383 and a maximum at $46,243, to Band 11, which includes roles such as Senior Project Engineer, Project Leader and Corporate Financial Analyst—with a starting salary of $82,322 and a maximum of $107,589. The median base salary for Union employees in 2017 was $79,971. The Collective Agreement provided for a two per cent salary increase in 2017.
Union and management jointly developed a job evaluation system for internal equity and gender neutrality. Under this system, we evaluate jobs against a nine-factor structure that includes skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions, as required under the Canadian Human Rights Act. Once jobs are evaluated, they are placed in the bargaining unit salary structure of eleven salary bands. Men and women hired into jobs of equal internal value are paid in the same salary band and progress along the same six salary steps in each band.
For management and excluded positions, which are non-executive roles, a similar job evaluation system is in place that evaluates jobs and places them in a structure of eight salary bands. The average woman’s salary was compared to the average man’s salary in each salary band in 2017, with the average woman’s salary ranging from 89.4 per cent to 102.1 per cent, depending on the specific salary band. The average woman’s salary in all eight bands was 99.2 per cent of the average man’s as of December 31, 2017. This average increased to 100.1 per cent as of April 1, 2018.
Vancouver 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 Vancouver Airport Authority contributes an additional seven per cent. Vancouver 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, Vancouver Airport Authority negotiated a pilot for the Shared Performance Pay program for union employees, which was put in place for 2014 – 2016. In 2017, Vancouver Airport Authority and the PSAC agreed to maintain the Shared Performance Pay program for Union employees through the life of the current Collective Agreement. When the organization achieves specific financial targets, employees receive a shared incentive payment, between $500 and $1,250 per employee based on Net Operating Margin (revenues excluding the Airport Improvement Fee). In 2017, eligible employees received a Shared Performance incentive of $820 per person for exceeding the target in 2016. For Management and excluded employees, there is an incentive program based on corporate and personal performance.
In 2017, Vancouver Airport Authority spent $55.36 million on salaries, wages and benefits. We added 15 new permanent roles across the organization to our existing base of employees, for a net job gain of 15 as there were no layoffs.
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Grievances and Arbitration
In 2017, we heard five grievances. Two grievances were forwarded to arbitration, which will be heard in 2018.