TORONTO, March 3 /CNW/ - The CAW welcomed 750 new members from the
Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) following a week-long representation
vote that affected maintenance, skilled trades, baggage handling, operations,
office and technical administration employees in Terminal 3 at Toronto's
Lester B. Pearson International Airport.
In March 2007 the GTAA assumed control of Terminal 3 and consolidated
three existing bargaining units into one unit of approximately 900 workers.
The CIRB later agreed that a representation vote should be held for
workers to democratically select which of the two existing unions (CAW and the
Public Service Alliance of Canada) would represent the newly formed unit.
"This is truly a great victory for the GTAA workers, the latest to join
our growing union," said CAW national president Buzz Hargrove. "I want to
congratulate all PSAC members for their determination in what was a hard
fought campaign and encourage them to join with their new colleagues in
continuing to build a strong union."
These new members join the over 2,500 active CAW members currently
working at Pearson Airport and over 9,000 air transport workers in Local 2002.
"Now we have to roll up our sleeves and get to work to ensure these
workers receive the best agreement and the best workplace representation
possible," added Hargrove.
"Our leadership and activists fought hard to ensure that these workers
were given a chance to decide which union they wanted to represent them," said
Leslie Dias, president of CAW Local 2002. At the onset, Local 2002 only
represented 160 workers in the larger 900 member unit.
"I believe that our union's commitment to the principles of democracy and
our commitment to the workers at Terminal 3 shone through in this campaign and
tipped the scale in our favour."
Representation votes took place at the airport from February 26 to
March 1. Final results were tallied on March 3.
For further information:
For further information: Angelo DiCaro, CAW Communications, (cell) (416)