Union of Canadian Transportation Employees votes in favor of job action
A possible strike could cause delays for travellers arriving or departing from Vancouver Airport in the near future, as workers represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)/Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE) have voted overwhelmingly in favour of job action.
A strike could take place as soon as the Labour Day long weekend.
"Workers at the airport voted 83 per cent in favour of strike action last week," said Bob Jackson, PSAC regional executive vice-president for B.C. in a statement. "PSAC members are united behind their Bargaining Team and prepared to walk the picket line if necessary."
Approximately 300 members of PSAC/UCTE Local 20221 employed by the Airport Authority provide key services such as emergency response, international arrivals customer care, runway maintenance, airfield & approach lighting, passenger loading operations, maintenance and administrative services at the airport.
Key bargaining issues include an option to work flexible hours and protection from contracting out.
"We felt we had no choice but to take a strike vote." said Dave Clark, regional vice-president of the UCTE, a Component of the PSAC in a release, "YVR says they're one of B.C.'s top employers, but are refusing to discuss our demands around work-life balance and job security. They also want to weaken the apprenticeship provisions in our Collective Agreement and create a two-tier wage system by creating a new class of 'seasonal' workers."
"We're prepared to strike if our key issues aren't dealt with. The next move is up to the employer," Clark added.
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