The 1,124 members provide airport pre-board screening services at eleven airports in British Columbia including Vancouver International, Victoria International, Kelowna, Prince George, Comox Valley, Nanaimo, Fort St. John, Cranbrook, Campbell River, Penticton and West Kootenay.
Collective bargaining began in early April and continued until late May before reaching an impasse on a number of monetary and non-monetary issues. On June 20, 2012 both parties agreed to refer the issues in dispute to mediation/arbitration. Following mediation sessions with Arbitrator Brian Foley, the two parties agreed to refer all remaining outstanding issues to interest arbitration.
The result was a three-year agreement that provides wage increases of 1.5 per cent October 1, 2012, 2 per cent on April1, 2013 and 2.5 per cent on April 1, 2014. Other agreement highlights include:
• Subcontract Protection
• Defined Part-time/Full-time
• Additional day of Bereavement Leave for immediate family
• Improved Restrictions on Shift Modifications
• Protected Shift give away and trade privileges
• Introduction of Vacation Bid Language and Improved Vacation Provisions
• Additional day of Paid Sick Leave and improved Sick Leave Provisions
• Reimbursement for CATSA Required Medical Documentation and/or Certificates
• IAM Multi-Employer Pension Fund at 4 per cent effective April 1, 2013 with no obligatory employee contribution
• Protected Benefit Coverage/Levels and Extended Benefit Coverage for 90 days to laid off employees
• COLA, VRSC Improvements-Formula Wage Rate increased annually
“I can’t thank our negotiating committee enough for all of the hard work they put into this agreement,” said IAM District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Tania Canniff. “They fought extremely hard to improve the work rules for our members and their efforts have produced positive results.”