Halifax Airport Screeners Call In Federal Conciliator

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 deal."  

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, McKay said.  

"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, lmckay@usw.ca;
Mark Arsenault, President, USW Local 5319, 902-293-5116.


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