Labour disruption possible as negotiations at Vancouver airport break off

    VANCOUVER, May 14 /CNW/ - Negotiations between the Public Service
Alliance of Canada (PSAC), bargaining agent for employees working for the
Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR), and the Authority have broken off. The
Union is seeking the assistance of a conciliation officer.
    "We are meeting with a federal Conciliation Officer in an effort to avert
job action, whether that be a strike or lockout." says Kay Sinclair, PSAC
Regional Vice-President for BC, "Our members have bargained in good faith, but
YVR remains unwilling to discuss many significant issues, particularly
flexible hours of work and a safe and secure pension plan. I find this
disappointing coming from an employer that prides itself on its commitment to
employee wellness."
    "Despite the fact the airport made a 12.6 million dollar profit in the
first quarter of 2009, YVR has also threatened to roll back wages and benefits
for some of our members." adds Dave Clark, Union of Canadian Transportation
Employees (UCTE) Local 20221 President, "PSAC members working at YVR will not
stand for this - getting a third party involved is our only option."
    PSAC members will be handing out leaflets to the public YVR Annual
General Meeting this afternoon asking them to urge YVR's CEO to approve a new
bargaining mandate that is fair and equitable in order to avert a labour
    There are more than 300 PSAC members employed by the Vancouver Airport
Authority. These members provide key services such as emergency response;
international arrivals customer care; runway maintenance; airfield & approach
lighting; computer systems; baggage system and passenger loading bridges;
maintenance of airport equipment and administrative services.
    A diverse union of 165,000 and counting, PSAC members working in the
public and private sectors deliver quality products and services to Canadians
every day.

For further information:

For further information: Kay Sinclair, PSAC REVP/BC, Cell: (604)
340-4211, Office (604) 430-0191; Janelle Ho-Shing, PSAC Regional
Representative, Cell: (604) 839-0410, Office: (604) 430-5631

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