Halifax Airport Screeners To Vote on Tentative Agreement

HALIFAX, May 20, 2011 /CNW/ - About 260 airport security screeners in Halifax, members of the United Steelworkers union (USW), will vote June 6 on a tentative collective agreement with their employer.

The tentative agreement was reached Thursday (May 19) by negotiating teams representing the security screeners and their employer, Shannahan's Investigations and Security Ltd. Shannahan's has a contract with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority to provide security services at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

The Halifax screeners, members of Steelworkers Local 5319, previously voted 97 per cent in favour of strike action to back their contract demands. The screeners' previous collective agreement expired March 31.

Details of the tentative agreement will not be made public until they are presented to union members at a June 2 meeting, said USW Area Coordinator Lawrence McKay. A ratification vote will be held four days later.

The union's negotiating team is unanimously recommending acceptance of the deal, McKay said.

The tentative deal calls for a one-year contract, to coincide with expiry dates of contracts of unionized screeners at other Atlantic Canada airports, McKay said. 

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

For further information:

Lawrence McKay, USW Area Coordinator, 506-857-0999, 506-874 9240, lmckay@usw.ca


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