Steelworkers Ratify Agreement at Halifax Airport

HALIFAX, June 7, 2011 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers (USW) Ontario/Atlantic Director Wayne Fraser announced today that pre-board screeners at the Halifax International Airport have ratified a one-year collective agreement with Shannahan's Investigations and Security Ltd.  

The 250 members of USW Local 5319 previously voted to strike if an agreement could not be reached. A tentative settlement was reached on May 19

The new agreement carries a three-per-cent wage increase, retroactive to April 1. Pensions have been improved and employees with 15 years' service will receive an additional week of vacation. Contract language has been upgraded to improve working conditions.  

"With anticipated changes over the next few months to the way airport security is going to be delivered, this agreement is important in providing workplace stability for our members, at least for a while," said USW Atlantic Coordinator Lawrence McKay.  

Meanwhile, at the Ottawa International Airport, members of USW Local 1976 Unit 613 and Aeroguard Eastern Ltd. will meet with a federal conciliator on Friday, June 10. The workers have voted 97 per cent in favour of strike action if a fair deal cannot be reached. Talks have been ongoing for three months, with outstanding issues including wages, benefits and pensions.  

"We hope Ottawa will follow Halifax's lead and settle a decent contract with our members," said Fraser.

Despite the federal government's stated priority on national security, including a new Cabinet Committee chaired by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the government's oversight agency, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, recently implemented cutbacks in pre-board screening across Canada, Fraser noted.

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

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Lawrence McKay, 506-874-9240,


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