CAW Members at Handlex Overwhelmingly Approve New Contracts

March 8, 2011, 2:55 PM EST


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CAW Local 2002 members who work at airline services provider Handlex have voted overwhelmingly in favour of new three-year collective agreements.

The two agreements cover 700 CAW members at Handlex, which is wholly owned by parent Air Transat. Overall the workers voted 80 per cent in favour. They work across the country in passenger services, cabin services, ground service equipment and are ramp workers.

Gains were made in many areas including annual wage increases, premiums, RRSP improvements, a signing bonus and the strengthening of contract language. The agreements are fully retroactive.

Bob Orr, assistant to the CAW President, said the members of the Handlex bargaining committees "need to be commended for their determination to improve the working and economic conditions for CAW members. The improvements to the collective agreement add to what is a very good contract in this sector."

"Our members deserve fair and respectable agreements," said CAW Local 2002 President Jamie Ross. "The Handlex bargaining committee has achieved their negotiation goals by providing strong language that supports the demands of Handlex members." Ross said it signals the bargaining committee is united and has unwavering support from the membership.

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