Steelworkers Vote to Strike at Ottawa Airport

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 Canada.

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

For further information:

David Lipton, 613-260-7205, ext. 232


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