Front-line security screeners will get pink slips while high-paid
management positions will be increasing
MONTREAL and HALIFAX, May 14, 2012 /CNW/ - The elimination of hundreds
of security screeners at airports throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada
will compromise passenger safety and increase wait times for
"Airport security screeners already face significant demands and
challenges in protecting passenger safety and maintaining customer
service," says Ken Neumann, National Director for Canada for the United
Steelworkers (USW) union.
"You cannot eliminate hundreds of these front-line security staff
without compromising these vital services," Neumann says.
The USW represents security screeners who monitor X-ray scanners and
metal detectors at airports across Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
Screeners at these airports are employed by Securitas Transport
Aviation Security Ltd., which provides services under contract with the
Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), a federal government
"We are calling on the federal government and CATSA to immediately
intervene in this urgent matter and stop these potentially harmful
cuts," Neumann says.
The USW has been informed by Securitas that the company will be cutting
the equivalent of about 130 full-time positions at airports in Quebec
and Atlantic Canada. Given that many security screeners are employed on
a part-time basis, the cutbacks could translate into more than 250 lost
jobs, the USW estimates.
"Security screeners' hours will be cut and there will be fewer people
doing the job," notes Michel Courcy, a USW representative for screeners
at Quebec airports. "We believe it is an inescapable reality that these
cuts, if implemented, will compromise safety and passenger waiting
While hundreds of airport security screeners face layoffs - and many
others face demotion - the USW has learned that Securitas plans to hire
dozens of high-paid managers, says Lawrence McKay, the USW's area
coordinator in Atlantic Canada.
"This is an outrage and a slap in the face to passengers who pay
significant fees for security screening at these airports," McKay says.
"It is inexcusable that CATSA and the federal government are accepting
more cuts to front-line security screening while at the same time
allowing an increase in high-paid management positions."
Airport screeners earn as little as $15.57 an hour.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Ken Neumann, USW National Director for Canada, 416-544-5990
Michel Courcy, USW Staff Representative, Quebec, 450-656-1113, 514-793-6373 (c), firstname.lastname@example.org
Lawrence McKay, USW Area Coordinator, Atlantic Canada, 506-857-0999, 506-874-9240 (c), email@example.com
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, firstname.lastname@example.org