Teamsters Union, representing 1,500 pre-board Screening Officers in
several airports, is concerned about CATSA layoffs...
LAVAL, QC, Jan. 20, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The president of Teamsters
Canada is deeply concerned about what the Toronto Star has revealed
regarding cuts in pre-board screening by the Canadian Air Transport
Security Authority (CATSA). The daily reports that close to 400
pre-board Screening Officers at Pearson airport have been laid off.
The Teamsters Union believes that CATSA's actions are misguided, and
expects layoffs at other airports in the near future.
"CATSA executives are playing Russian roulette with the safety of
Canadian workers and passengers," explained Robert Bouvier, President
of Teamsters Canada, "and bureaucrats in the head office keep their
jobs while staffing needs in the field are obvious."
"Stretched to the limit"
The president of Teamsters Canada observed that, in many airports,
requests for overtime have soared over the past few months.
"Our members are stretched to the limit," asserted the union leader.
"Transport Minister Lebel will have to explain himself if delays and
incidents occur in airports. Is he wiling to be CATSA's scapegoat?"
Needless to say, longer line-ups in airports can also be expected and
considerable pressure will be placed on Screening Officers to work
faster, with all of the risks associated with passengers' safety and
state of mind.
The Teamsters Union represents 1,500 screeners at the Calgary, Edmonton,
Fort McMurray and Winnipeg airports.
The Teamsters Union represents 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.
SOURCE TEAMSTERS CANADA
For further information:
Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Communications, Teamsters Canada
Office: 450-682-5521 x236