HALIFAX, June 7, 2011 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers (USW) Ontario/Atlantic
Director Wayne Fraser announced today that pre-board screeners at the
Halifax International Airport have ratified a one-year collective
agreement with Shannahan's Investigations and Security Ltd.
The 250 members of USW Local 5319 previously voted to strike if an
agreement could not be reached. A tentative settlement was reached on
The new agreement carries a three-per-cent wage increase, retroactive to
April 1. Pensions have been improved and employees with 15 years'
service will receive an additional week of vacation. Contract language
has been upgraded to improve working conditions.
"With anticipated changes over the next few months to the way airport
security is going to be delivered, this agreement is important in
providing workplace stability for our members, at least for a while,"
said USW Atlantic Coordinator Lawrence McKay.
Meanwhile, at the Ottawa International Airport, members of USW Local
1976 Unit 613 and Aeroguard Eastern Ltd. will meet with a federal
conciliator on Friday, June 10. The workers have voted 97 per cent in
favour of strike action if a fair deal cannot be reached. Talks have
been ongoing for three months, with outstanding issues including wages,
benefits and pensions.
"We hope Ottawa will follow Halifax's lead and settle a decent contract
with our members," said Fraser.
Despite the federal government's stated priority on national security,
including a new Cabinet Committee chaired by Prime Minister Stephen
Harper, the government's oversight agency, the Canadian Air Transport
Security Authority, recently implemented cutbacks in pre-board
screening across Canada, Fraser noted.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Lawrence McKay, 506-874-9240, email@example.com