Saint John, August 30, 2019 – The members of the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE), a component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) working at Saint John Airport, voted last night in favour of a strike mandate.
“The members have given their bargaining team a strong strike mandate, by a large majority. Our members are prepared to fight for what they want, so the table is set for the last day of mediation on September 5,” said Colleen Coffey, Regional Executive Vice-President of PSAC-Atlantic.
The pension plan is the key issue on which the parties must agree. The collective agreement expired on December 31, 2018.
As collective bargaining enters a crucial phase, PSAC/UCTE is simultaneously attempting to reach an essential services agreement with Airport representatives.
About PSAC and PSAC-Atlantic
UCTE is a component of PSAC representing transportation employees, primarily at airports and canals. It represents about 20 employees at the Saint John Airport who work as firefighters and administrative and airport infrastructure maintenance personnel.
PSAC represents more than 180,000 members across Canada. PSAC-Atlantic has more than 18,000 members in the federal public service, agencies and Crown corporations, as well as in community services, universities and the private sector.