/R E P E A T -- Minister Leitch commends St. John's International Airport Authority and PSAC on renewing their collective agreement/

GATINEAU, QC, July 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Dr. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour, congratulated the St. John's International Airport Authority (SJIAA) and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) on renewing their collective agreement until December 31, 2016.

"I am very pleased that the St. John's International Airport Authority and PSAC have ratified a memorandum of settlement that will end the 10-month work stoppage," said Minister Leitch. "Cooperative labour-management relations support the economic prosperity of Canadians."

The SJIAA is a private corporation responsible for the management, maintenance and development of St. John's International Airport. The PSAC bargaining unit represents approximately 90 clerical, office, maintenance and fire safety employees whose previous collective agreement expired on November 30, 2009.

This agreement was reached with assistance from the Labour Program's Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). The FMCS provides dispute resolution and prevention assistance to trade unions and employers under the jurisdiction of the Canada Labour Code.

SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

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