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Porter Airlines reaches deal with cleaning staff, fuel workers still on strike


 

TORONTO – A labour agreement has been reached between 22 cleaning staff at Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto and Porter FBO Ltd.

The airline says the workers, who are represented by the National Organized Workers (NOW) union, voted 88 per cent in favour of the new contract.

Porter FBO president Robert Deluce says the “fair and reasonable agreement” means that they were able to avoid a strike or lockout.

Details of the deal were not released.

Meanwhile, 22 employees who refuel planes for Porter Airlines are still on strike after talks broke down nearly three months ago.

The workers have been off the job since Jan. 10 after management and the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union couldn’t agree over wages.

Porter Aviation Holdings Inc., the parent company of Porter FBO, said negotiations stalled when the union turned down a 6.1 per cent wage increase for this year.

The strike is a first for the fuel workers, who have been trying to negotiate a first contract since organizing last August.

In the interim Porter has trained replacement workers to fill in during the labour disruption.

Porter flies to about a dozen cities in Eastern Canada and the United States and carried 2.45 million passengers last year.


 
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Porter Airlines reaches deal with cleaning staff, fuel workers still on strike

  1. “Porter Aviation Holdings Inc., the parent company of Porter FBO, said negotiations stalled when the union turned down a 6.1 per cent wage increase for this year.”
    A 6.1% increase sounds better before you do the math. The going rate for re-fuelers is $12.00-$14.00/hr – that 6.1% increase translates into less than $50 bucks per week – for people making about $28K/yr.

  2. Fuellers at Porter FBO, a division of Porter Airlines, at Billy Bishop
    Airport on Toronto Island have been on strike since January 10. These
    workers are paid POVERTY WAGES.

    A study in 2008 (H. Mackenzie and J.
    Stanford) showed a living wage for Toronto to be $16.60 an hour then.
    Almost five (5) years later, in January 2013, none of these striking
    workers makes $16.60. The lowest wage is $12.00 per hour, with the
    average around $13.00 per hour.

    Porter offered a wage freeze to approximately one half of the employees and 25 cents per hour to the others.

    The Employer has had a history of sloppy or no health and safety
    practices. Numerous health and safety regulator violations combined with
    poverty wages forced the workers to strike. Although health and safety
    concerns were raised in bargaining and certain items agreed to, the
    employer did not implement most of the needed changes before
    commencement of the strike.

    Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE), Local 343, the
    worker’s union requests a boycott of Porter Airlines until this dispute
    is sealed and its members returned to work.

    How you can help? In order to bring fairness to Porter, the strikers need your support.

    Please call Porter airlines at the main telephone number (which can be
    found on their website) and tell them to get back to bargaining with
    their employees instead of trying to sue them.