TORONTO, Feb. 7 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers union (USW) is calling
on the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to uphold the
rights of thousands of pre-board screeners at Canada's airports.
USW National Director Ken Neumann announced Monday that the union has
formed a National Screeners Council to address coming changes to the
delivery of screening services.
"With more than 2,500 members in this sector, the USW represents more
airport screeners than any other union in Canada," Neumann said. "In a
bidding process to regionalize the delivery of screening services,
CATSA is putting our members into a state of deep uncertainty about
their future employment.
"Without CATSA's firm commitment to ensure the union's bargaining rights
when new contracts to third-party security providers are awarded,
workers are in danger of losing their collective bargaining rights,
including previously negotiated wages, working conditions and health
and safety provisions."
The USW Screeners Council will explore legal avenues to protect existing
collective bargaining rights. Neumann has written to CATSA CEO Kevin
McGarr, asking for an urgent meeting to discuss union members'
concerns, including planned private meetings between CATSA and union
members on airport property.
"CATSA's plans could have devastating impacts on our members," Neumann
said. "We need answers in an open and transparent meeting with Mr.
McGarr. Our members deserve nothing less."
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
|Contacts: ||Ken Neumann, USW National Director for Canada, 416-544-5950; /|
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221 /