A tentative agreement has been reached between the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Deer Lake Regional Airport Authority after five days of negotiations, according to a news release issued Wednesday.
The agreement would affect 15 workers at the airport who handle jobs such as runway clearing, firefighting, electrical and mechanical maintenance, and administrative services.
PSAC is the bargaining agent for the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE) Local 90945.
“We have worked hard during the life of the previous contract at building and maintaining an excellent relationship with the union and our unionized employees,” said airport CEO Jamie Schwartz in the release. “The results of this are evident today.”
PSAC regional executive vice-president Jeannie Baldwin said, “These negotiations were a model for a successful negotiations process. Both parties came prepared to negotiate and respectfully participated in achieving a new contract.”
The two side ratified the agreement effective Wednesday. UCTE regional vice-president Wayne Fagan said the union is “very pleased that this agreement recognizes the contributions by the members of the local and the management team to the success of this regional airport.”