Ottawa, ON â€“ Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 2413 employed by Swissport Canada Handling Incorporated have ratified a new collective agreement by a margin of 95 per cent.
â€œThis is our second agreement with this employer and the members are very satisfied with improvements in a number of areas,â€ explained IAMAW District 140 General Chairperson Mike Corrado. â€œThis is a good deal which will enable the employer to remain competitive and hopefully it will boost up the rates of pay of the other service providers at the Ottawa Airport.â€
The agreement provides a pay scale that increases the starting rates and adds an extra $1.55 per hour to the top rate. Some of the senior members will receive immediate pay increases ranging from 3 per cent to 6.5 per cent. There is a signing bonus of $300 for all members who have passed probation at the time of ratification. Other agreement highlights include:
â€¢Increased statutory holidays
â€¢Improved bereavement leave
â€¢Improved and better defined work hours and shifts
â€¢Increased allotment of vacation periods for bid
â€¢Improved family insurance benefits
â€¢Increased clothing and PPE allotment
â€¢Improved boot/footwear allowance
â€¢Improved short-term tow premium from $10 to $12 per tow
â€¢Leads Premium increased to $3.00
â€¢$40.00 monthly allowance for employees who do no drive to work
â€¢$100.00 incentive for Ramp Leads who possess or obtain a â€˜Dâ€™ permit
â€¢Matching RRSP program â€“ 1 per cent of gross pay after 1 year, 2 per cent after two years, 3 per cent after 3 years and 4 per cent after four years
The 54 members provide baggage-handling and ramp service to United Airlines and Sunwing Airlines at Ottawa International Airport.