Wed, Aug 23, 2006
Security Personnel Were To Walk Picket Line
It nearly went all the way... but an 11th-hour deal Tuesday
between the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace
Workers and officials at Vancouver International Airport averted a
threatened strike by 250 security workers there.
The Globe and Mail reports talks between both sides had broken
off... but according to union leader Mike Clegg, officials with
security provider Securigard later came back to the table, and
suggested a mediator handle their dispute over a new pay
Several hours later, a plan was in place... resolving to send
the dispute to binding arbitration if a negotiated agreement can't
be reached. The union also won the promise of a first contract...
which was enough to keep the picket lines away from the
Mediated talks are set to begin Wednesday.
Airport officials say they had plans in place if the workers --
who handle all security at the airport, save for passenger and
baggage screening -- had walked the line.
Especially with security -- all security -- being foremost on
the minds of travellers right now, though... they're probably
grateful it didn't come to that.
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