Porter Airlines and Unifor negotiate first agreements

New deals improve vacation time, benefits
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 05/06/2015

Porter Airlines and Unifor Local 2002 reached their first collective agreements.

The new deals cover 170 customer service representatives and ambassadors as well as 77 ramp attendants.

Improvements introduced by the collective agreements include union recognition, defined hours of work, shift and vacation bids by seniority, established grievance and arbitration processes, health and dental benefits for part-time employees and additional vacation time.

The three-year agreements — which go into effect immediately — were reached through direct negotiations between the parties. The deals will expire on April 26, 2018.

All of the affected employees work at the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The regional airline operates regularly scheduled flights between Toronto and locations in Canada and the United States.

The agreements were ratified by employees by 75 per cent each.

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