Hamilton Airport Workers Join Machinists!

Tuesday September 16, 2008
For Immediate Release

Hamilton, ON – A lack of employer respect and continual staff shortages at Hamilton International Airport were the key factors for Swissport employees joining the IAMAW.

The 35 new members include lead hands and station attendants employed by Swissport to provide aircraft handling services for West Jet, Sky Service and Globe Span aircraft. “We have been talking to these workers for almost a year and they had been hesitant about joining a union,” explained IAMAW District 140 Organizer Ian Morland. “But the constant staff shortages combined with the new Globe Span contract pushed workers over the edge so they turned to us.”

The IAMAW currently represents Swissport employees at Montréal’s Trudeau International and Vancouver’s International Airports.

IAMAW, among the largest industrial trade unions in North America, represents more than 700,000 active and retired members, and administers more than 5,000 contracts in transportation, woodworking, aerospace, manufacturing and defense related industries.


For further information:
Ian Morland – IAMAW District 140 Organizer
905-671-3192 ext #222/416-875-8140

Bill Trbovich – IAMAW Director of Communications
416-386-1789 ext #6331/416-735-9765