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Release date: 
4 July 2011 :00am

The Ottawa International Airport Authority and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)/Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE) are pleased to jointly announce that they have reached agreement on a new three year contract.

The contract, which covers 94 regular full-time employees, 33 seasonal workers and 15 on-call employees, commences July 1, 2011. Highlights include salary increases for each of the three years, improved vacation milestones, an additional statutory holiday (Family Day) and minor changes to on-call hours. It is important to note that the deal was negotiated before the current contract expires, without a strike vote and it was ratified by the membership on June 24th, 2011.

“We have all experienced the difficulties when communications between management and unions break down, which makes it all the more gratifying to know that negotiating in good faith can and does work” said Airport Authority President and CEO, Paul Benoit. He continued, “Our employees are an important element in the success of the airport, and I look forward to working together towards continued success”.

“To be able to make improvements to a mature collective agreement without concessions is truly a remarkable achievement in the current political and economic climate. It is a testament to both sides on their willingness to reach an agreement” said Christine Collins, National President, UCTE.

OMCIAA operates Ottawa International Airport without government subsidies under a 60-year lease transfer agreement with Transport Canada. The OMCIAA’s mandate is to manage, operate and develop airport facilities and lands in support of the economic growth of the National Capital Region.

The Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE) is a Component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). UCTE represents over 8 000 members working at airports, Transport Canada, the Transportation Safety Board, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Canadian Coast Guard), private employers, NAV Canada and the Parks Canada Agency.