UCTE/PSAC members at Nav Canada have voted overwhelmingly to let an arbitrator rule on the implementation of the new classification plan. After several rounds of negotiation on the issue, the two parties were unable to reach agreement on new pay bands because the employer has not committed sufficient funds to the project. Based on the current proposed funding, the majority of members in the bargaining unit would be salary protected, and the jobs would then be compensated at levels far below where they stand today. This was completely unacceptable to the bargaining team, and the members have voted convincingly to move on to a third party hearing. The classification plan itself is sound, and is the product of joint union-management efforts. The problem is that the employer isn't putting enough money into the conversion process, and this is what we will be asking an arbitration board to look at. In addition, the challenge process has yet to be finalized, and we have serious concerns with the employer's desire to allow managers to challenge the classification of the positions they supervise. Depending upon the schedule of the chosen arbitrator, we anticipate that the hearing will take place in either September or October. We will post the scheduled dates as soon as they become available. The bargaining team wishes to thank all of the members who came to the ratification meetings in full force, united to let the employer know that they can't implement a new classification plan by gutting the bargaining unit. We work hard, we deserve proper acknowledge for the work that we do, and we deserve appropriate compensation. Let's not foget that this is what this whole exercise was supposed to be about in the first place.