Security Screeners Approve Contract at Ottawa Airport

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 pensions.

"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


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