Steelworkers negotiate first collective agreement for Whitehorse International Airport security workers

    WHITEHORSE, May 6 /CNW/ - Aeroguard Inc. security workers at the
Whitehorse International Airport have ratified a first collective agreement.
The 30 full and part-time pre-board screeners joined the United Steelworkers
(USW) in October of last year.
    A three-year collective agreement, which expires on May 31, 2012,
provides standard wage rates set down by the Canadian Airport Transport
Security Authority. Aeroguard will also pay an additional monthly payment of
$700 for full time employees and $400 per month for part-time employees as
part of a negotiated Local Employment Adjustment Payment. In addition to those
payments, all employees receive a one time $1000 signing bonus.
    The USW negotiated a benefits package, which is administered by the
Steelworkers Trusted Benefits Program. Benefits include dental coverage,
extended health care, weekly indemnity (sick pay) and coverage for
prescription drugs.
    The union also negotiated an extra statutory holiday. Aboriginal Day will
be observed on June 21 of each year.
    "We are proud to negotiate this day as a paid statutory holiday in the
Yukon," says USW Western Canada District staff representative Steve Dewell,
the union's head negotiator. "The Northwest Territories is the only province
or territory in Canada to declare Aboriginal Day as a statutory holiday."
    The union's bargaining committee, which also includes Judi Gusnowski and
Chris Kromhout, also negotiated a Steelworkers administered multi-employer
pension plan into the Aeroguard agreement.
    Airlines using the Whitehorse Airport include Air Canada and Air Canada
Jazz, Air North, First Air and Condor Airlines.

    The USW is Canada's most diverse union, representing more than 280,000
men and women working in every sector of the economy, including about 12,000
in the security sector.

For further information:

For further information: Steve Dewell, (604) 513-1850 or (604) 996-7883

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