TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The employees who fuel Porter aircraft at
the Toronto Island airport will be on strike at midnight tonight.
The workers are members of the Canadian Office and Professional
Employees Union (COPE).
Porter, after asking for a one day extension on the strikedeadline, has
not moved on their position of an increase of 25 cents per hour for
employees without a DZ licence (11 employees out of 22 in the
bargaining unit). The others would get no increase. These employees are
the lowest paid in the industry.The average annual income of the
striking workers is $28,000.
The workers are concerned that the replacement workers being hired by
Porter will not have the skills necessary to ensure the safety of the
flying public.Training for new employees generally takes one month to
obtain all the certification required to do the job. Training of
replacement workers started after January 2.
COPE members working at Porter not only fuel aircraft but they "farm"
fuel for the facility as well. This means they collect fuel from the
provider and store and transport fuel in large tankards to aircraft as
A mishap involving fuel could have dire consequences for workers as well
as for Porter passengers.
Based on these reports, the Union is concerned for the safety of the
The Union will address these concerns with the Honourable Lisa Raitt,
the federal Minister of Labour as well as the federal Minister of
COPE asks the public to cancel their flights with Porter and boycott the
airline until they come to the table and bargain a living wage for its
SOURCE: COPE Ontario
For further information:
Contact Mary Stalteri at 416-703-8515 ext 227 or cell at 416-659-2897.