First Collective Agreement for Screening Point Supervisors - Major Industry Precedent

    MONTREAL, Dec. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Dorval International Airport's
40 screening point supervisors have accepted a new contract. This is not only
their first collective agreement, but also sets a precedent that will have
repercussions throughout the airport security industry. "Thanks to the
increases in salary and the benefits we have gained - such as a pension plan -
workers will now be able to see themselves making a career as screening point
supervisors," says Richard Pagé, spokesman for the United
Steelworkers/Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ).
    The newly minted Steelworkers will see an increase in their hourly wage,
which will rise from $17.13 to $19.95 after two years. For the following two
years, they will earn a premium of 12.5% per hour over any increases
negotiated by screening officers in upcoming talks. The supervisors now also
have an indexation clause for the first time, as well as a premium for
security in Class 1 airports. This represents an additional $230.49 per month.


    In terms of benefits, the Steelworkers have made substantial gains: they
have negotiated their first pension plan, and improved their group insurance
plan - most notably with a major increase in employer contributions from the
company, Sécurité pré-embarquement. It rises from $0.35 per hour to $1.40 per
    Vacation benefits have also improved. Employees with 5 to 8 years'
seniority will have a right to 4 weeks vacation, with 6% vacation pay. Those
with 8 to 13 years' seniority will earn 4 weeks vacation with vacation pay of
8%, while those with 13 years or more of seniority will receive 5 weeks
vacation and 10% vacation pay. As of 2010, the amount of seniority required
will be reduced by a year. "We have made a remarkable breakthrough for the
workers in this industry. We are starting to see the kinds of conditions that
make sense for people interested in staying in these jobs," Pagé adds.
    Finally, the agreement sees an improvement in the clause covering breaks
- an important issue for the workers, because previously the employer could
effectively prevent them from taking their breaks. Union spokesman Pagé notes,
"The collective agreement is clear on this point. Our members have the right
to take their breaks."
    Maternity, paternity and parental leave will be available under the terms
of the Régime québécois d'assurance parentale (RQAP), allowing female
employees to extend their maternity leave up to 70 weeks.

For further information:

For further information: Richard Pagé, United Steelworkers/Syndicat des
Métallos (FTQ), (514) 894-5563

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