OTTAWA, June 3, 2011 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers Ontario/Atlantic
Director Wayne Fraser announced today that pre-board screeners at the
Ottawa International Airport have voted 98 per cent to strike if
necessary if they cannot reach a fair collective agreement with
Aeroguard Eastern Ltd.
Bargaining committees representing the 250 members of USW Local 1976
Unit 613 and Aeroguard will meet with a federal conciliator on June 10.
Talks have been ongoing for three months. Outstanding issues include
wages, benefits and pensions.
"Our members do important work and are on the front line of airport
security in the nation's capital," said USW Staff Representative David
Lipton. "Our goal is to achieve a fair and equitable collective
agreement without any disruption. But we will not settle for anything
less than what our members deserve."
Despite the 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
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
David Lipton, 613-260-7205, ext. 232