Jobs Preserved for GTAA Baggage Handlers

February 27, 2012, 10:58 AM EST

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The baggage handling contract at Toronto's Pearson International Airport (GTAA) has been successfully renewed for two years after a concerted fight by the union to preserve approximately 100 jobs.

In January, a new company was awarded the baggage handling contract, which would have hired back CAW Local 2002 members at approximately half their current wages. The GTAA extended the current contract for Jarvis Webb, keeping CAW members on the job.

"By utilizing a provision in the contract that gives the GTAA the right to extend the Webb contract, the airport authority has provided significant stability for our members at Webb," said CAW Local 2002 President Jamie Ross.

"We're ecstatic that these workers will continue to be compensated fairly for the work they do," said Ross. The new agreement will stretch to April 30, 2014.

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