MONCTON, NB, Jan. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) is
calling on the Canadian Air Transport Security Agency (CATSA) to
resolve organizational and service problems affecting security
screeners at Atlantic Canada airports.
"In addition to rampant speculation over job and service cuts, our
members are experiencing payroll problems and attacks on their working
conditions," said Wayne Fraser, USW Director for Ontario and Atlantic
The USW represents screeners at 13 airports in Atlantic Canada: New
Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Nfld and Labrador and PEI.
"Our members in Atlantic Canada have been subjected to considerable
upheaval and uncertainty due to the reorganization of airport security
contracts imposed by CATSA in November," Fraser said.
"We are calling for an immediate meeting with CATSA's new chief
executive officer, Angus Watt, to resolve these issues affecting
airport security screeners and the important services they provide the
The reorganization imposed by CATSA resulted in security screeners at
Atlantic Canada airports finding themselves suddenly employed by a new
contractor - Securitas Transport Aviation Security Ltd.
"We have seen a disturbing disregard for our collective bargaining
agreement since this reorganization occurred," said USW Local 5319
President Mark Arsenault.
"We have had many instances in which the company has not paid our
members appropriately, or not paid them on time. We have many problems
with pension contributions and vacation pay as well," Arsenault said.
"Our members wake up on pay day hoping they will get paid and then hope
it will be the correct amount. Some of our members have missed car
payments and other commitments due to lack of pay."
John Rex, USW Local 9342 President, added: "Many of the new employers
have yet to hire all their previous screeners back.
"Many security screeners have seen their work schedules cut back
drastically, to the point where they can no longer make a living.
"There is a lot of discontent in the industry," Rex said. "We have seen
more people leave since the November takeover than in the previous
three years in Atlantic Canada."
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Wayne Fraser, USW District Director, 416-577-4045
Mark Arsenault, USW Local 5319 President, 902-293-5116
John Rex, USW Local 9342 President, 709-689-2499
Denis St Pierre, USW Communications, 416-544-5990, email@example.com