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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YVRAA Tentative Settlement

Last night your Negotiating Team agreed to a tentative settlement with our employer.

We are now in the process of booking a venue for Feb 2, 2017 to meet with you, answer any questions you may have, and give you a chance to vote to accept this settlement.

PSAC is now creating Ratification Kit for you to see the settlement details.  We will update our website next week when we receive the Ratification Kit.

Joint email from our President and YVRAA VP HR:

We are delighted to share some good news. As of last night, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and Vancouver Airport Authority have reached an tentative agreement in contract negotiations.

We have agreed to an historic 6 year term. This settlement provides for wage increases in each year of the term. We have also agreed to the continuation of the Shared Performance Plan, as well as other enhancements to the collective agreement.

On February 2nd , the PSAC will present the full details of the settlement to the membership for review and ratification. The Local Union will provide specific information about the location and timing of the meeting.

We would like to personally thank the negotiating teams from both the PSAC and the Airport Authority for their efforts and commitment in reaching a mutually beneficial agreement.

 

Thank you for your support throughout this process,

Your Negotiating Team

Dave Jackson

Barry Tchir

Kevin Mann

Devin Glass

David Costa

Jacob Salway

 

 

 

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YVRAA Bargaining Update – Into Conciliation

Your Bargaining Team has received notice from the Minister of Labour that a Federal Conciliation Officer has been appointed to our Bargaining Process.  We will be meeting with the employer and Conciliation Officer on Jan 18 & 19, 2017.  Within the days prior to meeting with the employer, your Bargaining Team will meet to review the outstanding portions of our bargaining package.

We would like to thank our members who have emailed, or stopped to talk to us in the hallways for their enormous support and interest that you have had during this Bargaining Process.

Your Bargaining Team will continue to work hard to Negotiate a fair Collective Agreement.

Collective Bargaining Process - Description follows image

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Richmond News Dec 17, 2016

Mediator called in after YVR workers pay talks fail

Union claims Vancouver Airport Authority isn’t willing to match conditions for fellow Canadian airports

ALAN CAMPBELL / RICHMOND NEWS

DECEMBER 17, 2016 12:02 PM

 

Vancouver Airport

A federal mediator has been called in after contract talks between the union representing frontline airport workers and YVR broke down this week.

Approximately 300 staff — including emergency response, arrivals customer care, runway and baggage conveyor maintenance and passenger loading operations staff — are affected by the dispute which, according to their union, is over wage rates, variable hours of work, protection against harassment and bullying, sick leave and medical benefits. The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)/Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE) claims the Vancouver Airport Authority (VAA) isn’t willing to consider bringing its members’ wages in line with other Canadian airports.

Bargaining between the PSAC/UCTE and the VAA broke down this week and a federal conciliation officer has been called in to help get a new contract.

“We tabled a fair proposal that reflected the value of the work our members perform at the airport,” said Bob Jackson, PSAC regional executive vice president for B.C.

“Unfortunately, management declined to meaningfully discuss the issue. The (Vancouver) Airport Authority flat out refused to consider an increase that was in line with other airports.

“Instead, they gave our bargaining team an ultimatum and left us no choice but to apply for conciliation.”

Conciliation is expected to begin in January, with the union’s bargaining team hopeful a new contract can be achieved.

The union has, however, hinted that some labour disruption may happen in the spring.

“Vancouver Airport was recently named the best airport in the world, is highly profitable, and prides itself on being a good corporate citizen,” said Dave Clark, UCTE regional vice president, Pacific.

“Our members are disappointed…particularly given the high cost of living in the Lower Mainland.”

Anne Murray, VAA’s vice president of marketing and communications, said the airport is still “committed to working with the PSAC to reach a mutually beneficial collective agreement.”

“The Airport Authority continues to bargain in good faith. We remain prepared to meet with the PSAC, now with the assistance of the federal conciliation officer, once appointed.”


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PSAC BC Media Release Dec 14, 2016

Cloudy Skies at YVR: negotiations with Airport Authority break off, Conciliator called in.

Vancouver – Bargaining between Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)/Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE) and the Vancouver Airport Authority have broken off and a Federal Conciliation Officer has been called in to help get a new contract.

Key bargaining issues include wage rates, variable hours of work, protections against harassment and bullying, sick leave and medical benefits.

“We tabled a fair proposal that reflected the value of the work our members perform at the airport. Unfortunately, management declined to meaningfully discuss the issue.” said Bob Jackson, PSAC Regional Executive Vice President for BC. “The Airport Authority flat out refused to consider an increase that was in line with other airports. Instead, they gave our bargaining team an ultimatum and left us no choice but to apply for conciliation.”

Conciliation is expected to begin in January 2017.  The PSAC/UCTE bargaining team is hopeful a new contract can be achieved but warns that a labour disruption at the airport in the spring of 2017 is a possibility.

“Vancouver Airport was recently named the best airport in the world, is highly profitable, and prides itself on being a good corporate citizen,” says Dave Clark, UCTE Regional Vice President, Pacific. “Our members are disappointed management is not interested in ensuring their wages keep up with workers at other Canadian airports, particularly given the high cost of living in the Lower Mainland.”

Approximately 300 members of PSAC/UCTE Local 20221 are directly employed by YVR and provide key services such as emergency response, domestic and international arrivals customer care, runway and baggage conveyor maintenance, airfield & approach lighting, passenger loading operations, and administrative services at the airport.

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YVRAA Bargaining Update

Your bargaining team met again with the employer on November 22-24, 29-30 and December 1, 2016.  While progress has been made during this time unfortunately it came to a grinding halt on December 1st .

Your team provided a comprehensive counter proposal that addressed all of the outstanding proposals including a revised monetary position.  We advised the employer that we still had room to “tinker” a little bit.  The employer chose not to respond to our proposal, and then called us with an ultimatum to revise our proposal “within an hour”.  Your team felt that we had made the appropriate moves to get us close to a settlement.  Unfortunately, the employer didn’t see it this way.  They then broke off face to face bargaining.

We are now forced to apply for the assistance of a Federal Conciliation Officer to assist us in reaching a settlement.  This is certainly not where we wanted to be but it is not unusual when dealing with YVR.  This will be the fourth consecutive time that we have had to use a Federal Conciliation officer to assist us.

Your team has scheduled 2 information sessions to provide a more thorough update as per the following:

 

Wednesday December 7, 2016

5:00 and 7:00 p.m.

BR-ITB-C4857.0 Oval Training Room

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

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November 2, 2016 General Meeting

General Meeting

Local 20221

 

Nov 2, 2016

7:00 pm

 

IAM Lodge

7980 River Road

Richmond, BC

 

See you there 

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YVRAA Bagaining Update

You’re bargaining team met with the employer October 18 and 19 in face to face negotiations. Your bargaining team is comprised of: 

Dave Jackson,

Barry Tchir,

Devin Glass,

Kevin Mann,

David Costa, and

Jacob Salway.

The employer is represented by:

Michele Mawhinney,

Steve Hankinson,

Reg Krake, and

Sarah Gallagher.

The first day we exchanged proposals and then took time to explain the intent of those proposals. The discussions to date have been respectful and positive. The second day we continued discussing non-monetary proposals and exchanged draft language. We are meeting next with the employer November 22, 23 and 24, with further meetings scheduled November 29, 30, December 1 and 2. We will continue to update you as bargaining goes forward.

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