Passenger Agents and Special Services employed by Airport Terminal Services at Vancouver International Airport are now IAM members. “During the organizing campaign one of the inside committee members was fired, which put fear into the workers and had a negative effect,” added Fontaine. “After successfully representing him before the Labour Board, it didn’t take long for the workers to appreciate the value of becoming a member of the IAM. It definitely was the catalyst for a successful campaign.”
“With the diligent work of IAM District 140 General Chairman Todd Haverstock in representing this individual at the Labour Board, and the continued effort of Local Lodge 16 Organizer Rick Singh, the workers realized that the IAM is what was needed to protect their future,” said Fontaine.
The new members provide passenger check-in services for US Air, Continental Airlines, Virgin Airlines and other non-scheduled airlines as well as Special Services for those passengers requiring Wheel chair assistance.
When the IAM filed for certification at the beginning of 2012, there were 46 potential new members. “That number has increased to over 100 with the additional business that ATS has acquired since then,” said Fontaine. “This is a great addition to our IAM family”
The IAM is the largest union in the Canadian Air Transport Sector representing more than 18,000 workers.