OTTAWA, June 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Pre-board screeners at the Ottawa
International Airport have ratified a new collective agreement with
Aeroguard Eastern Ltd.
Members of United Steelworkers Local 1976 (Unit 613) voted Friday to
ratify a tentative agreement negotiated earlier this month with
Aeroguard. The union and the company reached an agreement with the help
of a federal conciliator, after the 250-member union had voted 98 per
cent in favour of strike action if a new deal could not be achieved.
Major issues in the contract talks included wages, benefits and
"Our goal always was to achieve a fair and equitable collective
agreement without any disruption," said Steelworkers Staff
Representative David Lipton.
"This agreement provides wages and benefits that are consistent with
pattern settlements for other groups of airport screeners."
The one-year agreement, retroactive to April 1 of this year, provides a
three-per-cent wage increase, cost-of-living protection, and
improvements in pensions, vacations and other benefits.
The one-year term reflects uncertainty in the Canada-wide airport
security industry, given a federal government plan that could result in
changes in security subcontractors across the country.
There also is widespread concern over the Harper government's consent
for recent cutbacks in pre-board screening at Canadian airports,
despite the government's stated priority on national security.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
David Lipton, 613-260-7205, ext. 232