October 10, 2019 – Calgary, AB. Members of our UFCW Local 401 bargaining committee, comprised ASP employees and union staff, have worked hard at the bargaining table to bring up the issues that matter to ASP employees. Throughout these long days, they remained forcussed on improving working conditions for all ASP security guards at Calgary Airport (YYC), who recently joined UFCW Local 401.
“We can report that, after some long meetings, the employer has come with an offer,” said union organizer, Saba Mossaggizi. “Is the offer perfect? No. Does it have improvements that folks have been asking for? Yes.”
The company’s offer deals with many of the issues identified in our pre-negotiations survey of ASP employees at YYC. It includes an overtime provision that will have to be approved by the Canadian Industrial Labour Relation Board. We will be moving forward with that paperwork as soon as possible, and we hope to have a presentation of the offer ready for everyone to see next week.
“Our union negotiating committee felt that ASP employees needed to see the company’s offer and decide for themselves whether it hits the mark before moving forward, continued Mossaggizi. “If the offer is accepted, ASP employees will have their first union contract and will gain key workplace protections and rights.”
If ASP employees vote to reject the offer, UFCW Local 401 will shift its focus to push forward a campaign to pressure ASP and YYC for further improvements.
All options will be discussed with ASP employees so that they understand the implications of accepting or rejecting the company’s proposed deal.
UFCW Local 401 is Alberta’s largest private-sector union, representing working Albertans in industries as diverse at food production and retail, security, hospitality, and education.
Posted on: October 11,2019