New companies could be chosen to perform the control task in airports by
the end of the year ...
CALGARY, April 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Teamsters Union hope the Canadian
Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) decision to go to tender for
all of the pre board screening in Canada ensures that workers, and the
travellers don't pay the price for a too low a bid.
Furthermore, there is a good chance that lot of airports will have a
different employers later in the year due to this re-structuring.
"Not that a new company is always a bad thing but the transition period
when a new employer starts is always difficult and frustrating on both
the workers and the passengers," said Rick Eichel, Secretary-Treasurer
of Local Union 362, which represents hundreds of pre-board screening
officers. "We know this as we have been through it several times,
resulting in labour board complaints."
The decisions of these complaints have further enshrined employee's
rights and benefits however new collective agreements will have to be
negotiated. Just another issue to deal with at a stressful time.
A particular situation
The situation is particular in airports in that even if a company loses
the screening contract, its employees remain on the job and report to
the new employer. This is because it would be simply impossible for
CATSA to security clear thousands of new workers each time a contract
"The employers change but the workers stay," said Rick Eichel.
The Teamsters Union represents more than 1,500 screening officers at
airports, including Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Fort McMurray and
more than 125,000 members in Canada in all trades. The International
Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated,
has 1.4 million members in North America.
SOURCE TEAMSTERS CANADA
For further information:
Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Communications, Teamsters Canada
Office: 450-682-5521 x236