VANCOUVER, Aug. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The Union representing workers employed
directly by the Vancouver Airport Authority has served 72 hour strike
notice at the airport.
Job action could begin as soon as Friday, August 30.
Approximately 300 members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada/Union
of Canadian Transportation Employees Local 20221 provide key services
such as emergency response, international arrivals customer care,
runway maintenance, airfield & approach lighting, passenger loading
operations, maintenance and administrative services at the airport.
"We felt we had no choice." says Bob Jackson, Regional Executive
Vice-President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, "YVR is
demanding concessions but at the same time are budgeting millions of
dollars per year on capital projects. Our members find this
The Airport Authority has tabled language that weakens apprenticeship
provisions in the collective agreement and wants to create a two-tier
wage system by creating a new class of 'seasonal' workers.
"Job action will cause significant delays at the airport and we are
advising travelers to plan accordingly." says Dave Clark, Regional
Vice-President of the UCTE, a Component of the PSAC, "The public should
contact YVR or their airline to check on the status of their flights."
Eleventh-hour negotiations with the assistance of a federal mediator are
scheduled for August 28 and 29.
"We hope our talks are productive but we are prepared to take job action
if necessary. The ball is in YVR's court." Clark sums up.
SOURCE: Public Service Alliance of Canada
For further information:
Contact: Patrick Bragg, PSAC Communications, (778) 889-3486