HALIFAX, NS– Commissionaires at Halifax’s Stanfield International Airport voted 90% in support of a strike on Thursday, January 19, after the employer made a final offer and walked away from the table. The 175 members of Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) local 85100, employed by Commissionaires Nova Scotia (
“The employer remains unwilling to bargain on the issues that resulted in the strike mandate,” says Jeannie Baldwin, Regional Executive Vice-President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada.
Many commissionaires are veterans (military, police and RCMP), or members of their families. For many, this is their sole source of income and some earn as little as $11.53/hr.
Despite two federal court rulings, Commissionaires Nova Scotia continues to challenge that it must retroactively abide by the minimum standards of the Canada Labour Code. Commissionaires working at Halifax Stanfield International Airportare legally entitled to federal overtime pay and statutory holidays, and yet were denied them until recently.
“This employer doing an end-run around a federal court decision by trying to force a settlement at the bargaining table that is significantly less than required by labour standards,” says Vice-President Baldwin.
“The rights of all federally regulated workers are being treated by this employer like a perk for management, “says Baldwin.
Recently workers received personal letters from
“It’s hard to believe that the Airport Authority would allow any of its contractors to treat its employees in this way. Where else will it find 175 workers with the specialized skills required by an airport looking increasingly to global travel and gaining recognition by receiving national and international awards,” says Baldwin.
Other outstanding issues include compensation, eliminating outside interference in the management of the
Once the issue of essential services is resolved by the Canada Industrial Relations Board on March 13, the union must have given at least 72 hours notice of any strike action. The workers have been without a contract since January 2011. The union is willing to return to the table at anytime. Until
The Public Service Alliance of Canada is a national union with over 180,000 members.
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Contact Lesley Thompson, Communications Officer, PSAC, 902-471-6201