Screeners reject contract offer from Garda, strike vote not yet served
For immediate release
9 August, 2018
Toronto, ON – Pre-Board Screening officers at Toronto’s Pearson and Billy Bishop airports have rejected Garda’s final offer regarding negotiations.
“The employees have rejected this unacceptable offer and have authorized the Machinists Union to take strike action” said General Chairperson Barry Barnett. “We have not served strike notice at this time, and, accordingly, we will continue to serve the flying public with our usual professional standards”, he added.
Garda is a private company that is a service provider on behalf of the Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority (CATSA), a crown corporation which collects fees from the travelling public to provide pre-board security screening for flights.
“The annual amount of money spent by CATSA comes from the Air Traveler’s Security charge. Millions of dollars that are collected are not utilized for security only, and is used for general revenue. The monies being collected should be used to provide security, and security only “, said Barnett.
“Hopefully, Garda & CATSA will realize that this offer must be improved. There continues to be more and more pressure on the workers to maintain the high standards of work and trying to provide for their families,” said Barnett.
The IAM is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America, representing more than 500,000 active and retired members, and administers more than 5,000 contracts in transportation, woodworking, aerospace, manufacturing, service, health services and public services workers.
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Toronto airports´ screeners reject contract offer, approve strike mandate: union
MONTREAL: Screening officers at two Toronto airports on Thursday rejected a three-year contract offer from employer Garda and authorized possible strike action, the International Association of Machinists said in a statement.
The estimated 2,400 officers at Toronto´s Pearson International Airport, Canada´s busiest airport, along with smaller Billy Bishop, have not yet set a specific strike date, added Carlos DaCosta, the union´s air transport coordinator for Canada, by phone.
Privately held Garda acts as a service provider on behalf of the Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority (CATSA), a crown corporation which collects fees from the traveling public to provide pre-board security screening for flights, the union said in the statement.
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
On Wednesday, August 8, 2018, you voted on a final offer made by Garda regarding your future. In accordance with the recommendation of your Negotiations Committee, you voted to reject the Company’s final offer and also voted by a significant majority in favour of “STRIKE.”
We will be seeking meetings with the Company to move these negotiations forward to a fair resolution. The Union has not served Strike Notice to the Company at this time.
Accordingly, we will continue to serve the flying public with our usual professional standards.
Thank you for your continued support.
STAY STRONG WITH FIGHTING MACHINISTS!
Brothers and Sister,
Please click the link below to view the bulletin of where and when the Ratification Vote will be held.
Brothers and Sister,
Please click the Link below to look at the Companies Proposal of Final Offer for the Negotiations 2018-2021.