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Posted February 8, 2011

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Steelworkers Create National Council to Challenge Airport Security Changes

TORONTO - The United Steelworkers union is calling on the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority to uphold the rights of thousands of pre-board screeners at Canada's airports.

USW National Director Ken Neumann announced Monday that the union has formed a National Screeners Council to address coming changes to the delivery of screening services.

"With more than 2,500 members in this sector, the USW represents more airport screeners than any other union in Canada," Neumann said. "In a bidding process to regionalize the delivery of screening services, CATSA is putting our members into a state of deep uncertainty about their future employment.

"Without CATSA's firm commitment to ensure the union's bargaining rights when new contracts to third-party security providers are awarded, workers are in danger of losing their collective bargaining rights, including previously negotiated wages, working conditions and health and safety provisions."

The USW Screeners Council will explore legal avenues to protect existing collective bargaining rights. Neumann has written to CATSA CEO Kevin McGarr, asking for an urgent meeting to discuss union members' concerns, including planned private meetings between CATSA and union members on airport property.

"CATSA's plans could have devastating impacts on our members," Neumann said. "We need answers in an open and transparent meeting with Mr. McGarr. Our members deserve nothing less."

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