TORONTO, Jan. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The employees who fuel Porter aircraft at
the Toronto Island airport may be on strike as early as next week.
The 22 employees who work for Porter Fixed Based Operations (Porter FBO)
have been unionized since August 2012 and have tried for nearly five
months to negotiate a contract.
They will be in a legal strike position at 12.01 a.m. on January 10.
Though Porter FBO employees earn considerably less than the industry
average, the employer has refused to negotiate a reasonable wage
Porter FBO staff in Toronto are represented by the Canadian Office and
Professional Employees Union (COPE), Local 343.
The parties will meet on January 9 to try and finalize a first
Collective Agreement - and to head off a strike that would severely
disrupt operations at the Island airport.
"The Union has been very reasonable in its requests," said COPE Staff
Representative Mary Stalteri. "We sincerely hope to be able to prevent
a strike and unnecessary inconvenience to the travelling public."
SOURCE: COPE Ontario
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