22, Dec.09  Tentative deal made, Christmas travelers can give a sigh of relief!
"We are pleased that we have reached a tentative agreement with our employees that meets both of our needs," Frank Scremin, director of operations for John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, said in a news release. No details of deal given.

21, Dec. 09 Talks still going on.  Airport to stay open in the event of a strike.

More strike talks to take place Sunday, 20, Dec.

Dec. Hamilton Ontario's John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport firefighters and staff will meet December 16th and 17th with the Industrial Relations Board. Airport will have a contingency plan ready for any industrial disputes.

15, October, 09  Strike threat by Hamilton Airport, just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas! Westjet passengers heads up!

Who: 35 workers from airport fire department, security staff, and maintenance employees  at Hamilton airport vote to strike. 

Which union:-  Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 5167 have not had a new contract since 1, October, 2008

Why:- Safety issues regarding fire department being manned by only one firefighter. Scheduling and pay increase.

When:-Within the next two months.

Hamilton Airport management say:-Airport meets all Transport Canada safety requirements and regularly passes its reviews. Airport fire, maintenance and airside operations staff earn between $23 and $27 an hour and the airport has offered a four-year deal with pay hikes of 0, 2, 2.5 and 3 per cent. There's also an option for a fifth year with a raise of 3 per cent.

Negotiation dates have been set for Nov. 6, 11 and 12.

This information came from an excellent article at thespec.com

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