Report on Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Conference

Earlier this year, Atlantic Regional Vice-President, Chris Bussey attended an International Conference on Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) on behalf of UCTE.

What Chris saw and heard at this conference from both American and Canadian colleagues was how much work was being done in the United States to build capacity and improve ARFF services and programs. But in Canada, the situation is going in the completely opposite direction.

Chris reports that ARFF has eroded to the point it has become a proverbial “tick in the box” as it relates to most airport operators. He also noted concerns that Canadian Aviation Regulations are woefully inadequate; especially in the areas of training, staffing, incident command, and interior firefighting capability.

The fact is that most airports in Canada have moved to some form of Aircraft Operations System (AOS) where firefighting has been downgraded to an add-on duty or a secondary or even third-rate role. UCTE members are required to preform these duties as a condition of their substantive job as an Equipment Operator or another Trade. They receive the bare minimum of training and could find themselves at a huge disadvantage if and/or when faced with a disaster or an accident at their airport.

This cost-saving trend is putting not only the employees at risk but passengers and crew as well. The AOS model and the degradation of ARFF services in Canada has created a situation where an incident, injuries, and potential deaths are well within the range of possibilities.

UCTE is launching a national campaign aimed to restore full aircraft rescue and firefighting at Canadian airports. In order to do this, we will need your feedback.  Watch for an important feedback survey from UCTE on this issue, coming to your in-box in September. We hope you will join us in this important initiative.

To read the full report, please click here.

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New Executive team

At our Annual General Meeting on Mar 1, 2018 we voted in our new Executive Team:

President – Devin Glass

Vice President – Iain Wringe

Secretary / Treasurer – David Costa

YVR Chief Shop Steward- Alexander Roth

Swissport Fuelers Chief Shop Steward – Ron Chohan

YVR Health & Safety Officer – Chris Miller

Swissport Health & Safety Officer – Elmer Turcios

 

The Executive team would like to thank the many members who turned out to show their support.

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Annual General Meeting/Executive Elections

Annual General Meeting

Local 20221

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March 1, 2018 @ 6:30 p.m.

Oval Meeting Room

International Terminal Building, Level 4

Room C4857.0

(Go up the stairs just right of the International Food Court)

Agenda includes:

Reports from Executive Team

Executive Position Elections

New Business

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PSAC BC Regional Newsletter for September 2017

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General Meeting Sep 21, 2017

General Meeting

Local 20221

Sep 21, 2017

6:30 pm

YVR Terminal ITB

Level 4 Oval Room #C4857

Stairway next to Freshii in International Food Court

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At our 17th triennial convention, delegates elected the 2017-2020 National Executive.

 

At our 17th triennial convention, delegates elected the 2017-2020 National Executive.

National President:  David Clark

National Vice-President:    Teresa Eschuk

RVP Pacific:  Barry Tchir

RVP Prairies & the North:  Michael Tennant

RVP Ontario:  Martin Mika

RVP Quebec:  Louis Cannon

RVP Atlantic:  Chris Bussey

Transitional VP:  Mike Sargent

Human Rights Officer:  Denise Reynolds

Congratulations to you all!

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Annual General Meeting – March 30, 2017

Annual General Meeting

Local 20221

March 30, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.

International Terminal Building, Level 4

Room C4857.0

(Go up the stairs just right of the International Food Court)

Agenda includes:

Reports from Executive Team

UCTE’s 17th Triennial Convention update

We hope to see you there.

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YVRAA Ratification Vote Results

Tonight the Negotiating Team held two Information Sessions to provide details and answer questions regarding our Tentative Agreement.

The Agreement was ratified by the membership this evening.

Your Negotiating Team would like to thank you for your support.

 

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Bowinn Ma Official Campaign Office Launch Party

Sisters and Brothers:

As you are likely already aware, Sister Bowinn Ma will be running in the next provincial election in the battleground riding of North Vancouver-Lonsdale. While Local 20221 does not endorse any political parties, the upcoming provincial election in May 2017 is an extremely important one for all British Columbians and we are proud to support our Sister in the important work she has chosen to undertake.

To that end, we encourage all of our members regardless of their home riding to help Bowinn in her endeavors. Please donate and volunteer.

Bowinn has also enthusiastically extended an invitation for all of us to attend her Official Campaign Office Launch Party on Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 3pm (1309 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancovuer @ 13th St). We hope to see as many of you there cheering her on as possible.

In Solidarity,
Local 20221 Executive

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YVRAA Ratification Vote Feb 2, 2017

Dear member,

We will be holding 2 meetings on Thursday Feb 2, 2017 to discuss and vote on the Tentative settlement to conclude our Collective Bargaining negotiations.
Feb 2, 2017:
1st meeting 4:00pm (16:00 hrs)
2nd meeting 7:00pm (19:00 hrs)
Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, Richmond Room
8181 Cambie Road,  at #3 road.
Richmond, British Columbia V6X 3X9
We hope to see you there.
Your Negociating team.

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