Swissport Machinists ratify First Contract!

Wednesday July 16, 2008
For Immediate Release

Montréal, QC – Members of IAMAW Local Lodge 2309 employed by Swissport have ratified their first collective agreement.

The three-year agreement provides a lump-sum wage increase of 2.4 per cent in the first year retroactive to July 2007 and a 20 per cent wage increase in the second and third years. Other agreement highlights include :

  • Lead hand premium increases of between 10 and 42 per cent by the end of the agreement
  • Vacation improvements of 3 weeks after five years of service and four weeks after ten years of service with a minimum of employees on same time
  • RRSP contributions increased to $50/month by 2009
  • Creation of aircraft cleaner classification
  • Recall rights provided for the first time
  • Sick days increased to 5/year
  • Improvements to hours of work language
  • Improvements to Overtime language
  • Improvements to schedule bidding

    The forty members provide ground handling services for United, Air Inuit and Mexicana Airlines at Montréal’s Piérre Eliot Trudeau International Airport.

    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:
    Michel Pelot – IAMAW District 140 General Chairperson

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

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