Labour disruption looms closer at YVR



    PSAC members working at the airport vote in favour of strike action

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - A possible labour disruption could cause
delays for travelers arriving or departing from Vancouver International
Airport in the near future. Employees working for the Vancouver International
Airport Authority (YVR), members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada
(PSAC), have voted in favour of taking strike action, should it be necessary,
in an effort to bring the Airport Authority back to the bargaining table with
a meaningful mandate.
    "We have one more meeting with a federal Conciliation Officer in an
effort to avert a disruption in service, whether that be a strike or lockout."
says Kay Sinclair PSAC Regional Vice-President for BC. "Our first two days of
meeting with the Conciliation Officer proved to be an exercise in futility and
our members have no choice but to take this next step."
    "Despite making over 31 million dollars in revenue over expenses in the
first six months of this year, YVR have tabled a financial offer that is far
below average wage increases in the airport sector. They claim this is due to
the state of the economy and the airline industry." says Dave Clark, President
of Local 20221 of the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE), a
Component of the PSAC. "In the same economic environment every other
comparable airport in the country is able to provide reasonable wage increase
to their employees. Why can't this Airport Authority?" asks Clark.
    There are more than 325 PSAC members employed by the VIAA. These workers
provide key services such as emergency response, international arrivals
customer care, runway maintenance, airfield & approach lighting, computer
system maintenance, baggage handling, passenger loading bridge operation,
maintenance of airport equipment and administrative services.
    A diverse union of over 165,000 and growing, PSAC members working in the
public and private sectors deliver quality products and services to Canadians
every day.


    YVR Bargaining Backgrounder

    Vancouver International Airport Authority is the not-for-profit society
that manages the Vancouver airport.
    Over 325 PSAC members are employed by the Airport Authority.
    They provide key services such as emergency response, international
arrivals customer care, runway maintenance, airfield & approach lighting,
computer system maintenance, baggage handling, passenger loading bridge
operation, maintenance of airport equipment and administrative services.
    The contract expired December 31, 2008 and the parties have had four
bargaining sessions since then. They also met for 2 days with a federal
Conciliation Officer in July and there is one more day scheduled for August
21st, 2009.
    VIAA forecast $19.9 million in revenue over expenses for the first 6
months of 2009, the actual revenue over expenses in this period was $31.8
million.
    VIAA's final monetary offer is 2%, 2%, 2.5% over three years.
    The Union's position is 3.5% per year over two years.

    
    Recent settlements in the airport sector

        -  Toronto: average increase of 3%/year over 5 years
        -  Montreal: average increase of 4%/year over 5 years
        -  Winnipeg: average increase of 3.1%/year over 4 years
        -  Edmonton: average increase of 4.3%/year over 4 years
        -  Ottawa: average increase of 4%/year over 4 years
    

    Other non monetary items

    Pension plan conversion: from a defined contributions plan in which
employees manage their own pension savings to a more secure group plan with
defined benefits. This change in plan administration would come at no cost to
the employer.
    Flexible hours: a proposal to allow employees to work on a flexible
schedule, with consideration for operational requirements. Similar programs
are in effect at Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Halifax airports.
This would come at no cost to the employer.
    Compassionate care without pay: an expansion of the definition of family
to consistent with the Employment Insurance Act and an increase in the maximum
amount of non paid leave employees are able to take. This would also come at
no cost to the employer.

    Websites: www.local20221.com, www.psacbc.com





For further information:

For further information: Janelle Ho-Shing, PSAC Regional Representative,
Cell: (604) 839-0410, Office: (604) 430-5631


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