After making substantial movement on wages, negotiations regarding the St. John’s International Airport Authority came to an abrupt halt on Tuesday June 18, 2013 when the employer’s negotiating team walked away from the bargaining table.
Members at St. John’s Airport have been on strike since September 11, 2012 – more than nine months now. They have been without a contract since December 2009 and without a wage increase since December 2008.
Bargaining team members were brought together with the employer’s team in mid-May when federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt asked both sides to find a resolution to the ongoing strike. Unfortunately negotiations were slow moving since it became apparent that those representing the employer were not the decision makers.
Despite movement by the bargaining team to reduce its wage proposal and address the employer’s business concerns, the St. John’s Airport Authority is still asking for significant concessions on job security and contracting out.
UCTE is proud of the work done to date by the bargaining team on behalf of the 85 members who continue to unanimously support them.