Tentative Agreement for 900 Workers at the Greater Toronto Airport Authority

July 17, 2009, 3:53 PM EST

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The CAW has negotiated a tentative agreement that provides strong wage increases and also consolidates three contracts into one that covers 900 workers at the Greater Toronto Airport Authority.

The agreement provides three per cent wage increases each year, starting retroactively in 2008 and running until 2013. GTAA workers covered by the agreement run and maintain facilities at the Toronto airport.

"This was a very tough bargaining environment because of the downturn in the economy and the difficulties the entire airline industry faces," said CAW national representative Joel Fournier. "The solidarity of the membership helped the bargaining committee negotiate a strong agreement for these CAW members. This will set the bar for agreements at other airports," Fournier said.

The CAW previously represented one group of workers at the GTAA, while two other groups were represented by another union. The GTAA applied to the labour relations board to have the units consolidated and a vote was held, which the CAW won. Bargaining on this consolidation agreement started in October of 2008.

CAW members are slated to vote on the new agreement on Tuesday, July 21.

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