HALIFAX, April 6 /CNW/ - Unionized airport security screeners in Halifax are requesting the
services of a federal government conciliator following the breakdown of
contract negotiations with their employer today.
The Halifax airport screeners, members of United Steelworkers Local
5319, are facing demands to give up the parity they have with their
counterparts in Montreal, said Lawrence McKay, Steelworkers Area
Coordinator in the Atlantic provinces.
"The Halifax screeners have always had the same deal as Montreal," McKay
said. "The screeners in Montreal just reached a tentative agreement
last week, but now workers in Halifax are being told not to expect same
There are several unresolved issues in the negotiations between the
Halifax airport screeners and their employer - Shannahan's
Investigations and Security Ltd., McKay said. The issues still in
dispute include vacations, cost-of-living allowances, volume risk and
stress pay, split work shifts, and pensions.
Shannahan's Investigations and Security provides security services in
several airports, under contract with the federal government's Canadian
Air Transport Security Authority.
The Halifax screeners' previous collective agreement expired March 31.
The workers are hoping that a federal conciliator will help bring the
two sides back to the bargaining table to negotiate a fair contract,
"We are not making any unreasonable or excessive demands. We simply
believe screeners in Halifax are not second-class workers and they
deserve the same treatment as their colleagues in Montreal."
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Lawrence McKay, USW Area Coordinator, 506-874 9240, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Mark Arsenault, President, USW Local 5319, 902-293-5116.