Airport screening: Teamsters concerned about the notion of "lowest compliant bidder"

New companies could be chosen to perform the control task in airports by the end of the year ...

CALGARY, April 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Teamsters Union hope the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) decision to go to tender for all of the pre board screening in Canada ensures that workers, and the travellers don't pay the price for a too low a bid.

Furthermore, there is a good chance that lot of airports will have a different employers later in the year due to this re-structuring.

"Not that a new company is always a bad thing but the transition period when a new employer starts is always difficult and frustrating on both the workers and the passengers," said Rick Eichel, Secretary-Treasurer of Local Union 362, which represents hundreds of pre-board screening officers. "We know this as we have been through it several times, resulting in labour board complaints."

The decisions of these complaints have further enshrined employee's rights and benefits however new collective agreements will have to be negotiated. Just another issue to deal with at a stressful time.

A particular situation
The situation is particular in airports in that even if a company loses the screening contract, its employees remain on the job and report to the new employer. This is because it would be simply impossible for CATSA to security clear thousands of new workers each time a contract is awarded.

"The employers change but the workers stay," said Rick Eichel.

The Teamsters Union represents more than 1,500 screening officers at airports, including Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Fort McMurray and more than 125,000 members in Canada in all trades. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.


For further information:

Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Communications, Teamsters Canada
Mobile: 514-609-5101
Office: 450-682-5521 x236

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