Airport authority filing complaint of bad faith bargaining

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St. John's International Airport Authority CEO Keith Collins. — File photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram

The St. John’s International Airport Authority is filing a formal complaint against the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) for bad faith bargaining in relation to the ongoing airport strike.

Both parties returned to negotiation yesterday, but according to a news release from the airport authority, PSAC has refused to discuss a resolution to business issues. Further, the release states, PSAC hasn’t tabled any new proposals since June and hasn’t responded to a proposal from the authority sent four weeks ago.

“PSAC is not respecting the collective bargaining process or their duty under the Canada Labour Code to negotiate a collective agreement in good faith. While we continue to show flexibility on all the outstanding issues, the union has folded their arms and refused to engage. They will negotiate only if we remove all our issues and discuss only theirs. This is unacceptable. It is irresponsible. It is also not negotiating,” said Keith Collins, president and CEO of the airport authority, in the news release.

The Telegram will continue to follow this story and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

Organizations: Public Service Alliance of Canada, International Airport Authority

Geographic location: Canada

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  • Ger
    December 20, 2012 - 06:22

    For the most part, I do support unions, however, in this case I feel I have to side with the Airport Authority. It seems that they are at least trying to settle the strike, but the union continues NOT to negotiate saying nothing is coming off the table. Also, forcing cancellations of flights is not a good thing anytime, but, at this time of year is absolutely rediculous. Come on people, start talking and get this thing settled. Oh, by the way, those politicians who choose not to fly into the airport are doing it because of political reasons not because they support you. Ask them what they will do when the majority of the public starts getting on their backs to help settle this.You will quickly see who they support.

    • REG
      December 20, 2012 - 17:45

      I agree with GER. The Union should be more interested in taking the high road on behalf of their members, and their member's families. Saying we are not going to blink or budge, just to "get one up" on the Airport Authority is nothing short of absurd and childish. They should not be hiding behind some false pretence of "principles". Get back to the table and settle this, if not for the sake of your families, then for the travelling public, without whom you would have no business at all.

  • Tim Jamison
    December 19, 2012 - 23:24

    The same PSAC that fought so hard for the long gun registry is now ruining everyone's vacations so all the entitled airport workers can get even more money? Why am I not surprised? Remember the way these people behave next time you vote because some politicians support PSAC and some do not

    • Brad
      December 20, 2012 - 07:54

      Really? Because a majority of the labour being examined is skilled, therefore, they are ENTITLED to a decent, fair wage. Cry me a river...

    • Tim Jamison
      December 20, 2012 - 20:16

      Semi-skilled machine operators and unskilled baggage handlers are not skilled workers. You haven't the slightest idea what you're talking about, which makes sense because you support these overpaid public trough eating greedy malcontents. Why don't you name me one skilled trade being represented here? I know you can't. It's you and PSAC that'll be crying a river. I don't know if you've noticed, but we've been handing PSAC their butts on a platter lately. Bye, bye LGR

  • John
    December 19, 2012 - 14:52

    What about the 38% raise the union was offered? What about the fact that Halifax is a class 1 vs St. John's is a class 2? What about the fact that St. John's will be second only to Halifax? Seems like the union wants everything and will not give at all? Yes, the union is negotiating in bad faith. Let them make some concessions.

  • Duffy
    December 19, 2012 - 14:34

    Just another Union out of control. Want Big City Wages then move there and put up with the way of life - then you will see why they gey paid more. $20.00 an hour to drive a Plow Truck around plus all kinds of benefits. Excuse me if I don't cry for you!

  • ConcernedCitizen
    December 19, 2012 - 14:27

    Keith Collins claims the union is failing to negotiate a collective agreement in good faith. Well Keith, perhaps this Sep. 18 headline rings a bell "Airport Authority Launches a Strike Website" but of course this was all in good faith on your part I'm sure.

    • Crazy
      December 19, 2012 - 19:34

      The Union seems out of control, and bargaining in bad faith. Perhaps there is an opportunity to have the union or local decertified? Surely they can not hold the travelling public ransom to their obscene demands.

  • Stefanie
    December 19, 2012 - 14:22

    Bren- does that matter any? Mr. Collins salary is in accordance with his education and experience. If those on the picket line had similar education and experience then they too could earn what he does. But they do not and none of them will be the CEO of a major corporation... But on a legitimate note: the union is doing their members more harm than good. I am sure many of those workers would like to return to work and return to their full salary, but the union is obviously not acting in the members best interest, or the public's best interest. Especially at this time of year when travellers are already stressed, this is ridiculous.

    • Just an observation
      December 19, 2012 - 15:06

      Stephanie, you have a lot to learn about labour market supply. The St. John's airport is not a major corporation, it's a government endorsed monopoly. They operate on a cost plus basis. It doesn't take a lot of smarts to succeed in that environment, any bureaucrat that can adhere to regulations would be suitable. I'm not belittling Mr. Collins' education or experience, I'm sure that he earns his pay. He's got a lot to learn about labour relations though, it seems to me he's been antagonistic from the very beginning of this strike. I don't think that the union workers are hurting, I'm sure that there's lots of work outside their regular jobs to keep them paid if they choose. The Authority would be wise to remove him from negotiations and send in a fresh face and attitude, clearly the two sides are entrenched and such drastic measures are warranted. Either that or send it to binding arbitration. The public should not be paying the price for this battle of wills.

    • Crazy
      December 19, 2012 - 19:37

      Perhaps this is another case of an international union taking advantage of the ignorance of its local members here to further their gains elsewhere. Other union locals elsewhere would not likely be so easily lead.

    • Crazy
      December 19, 2012 - 20:04

      Perhaps this is another case of an international union taking advantage of the ignorance of its local members here to further their gains elsewhere. Other union locals elsewhere would not likely be so easily lead.

    • paul
      December 20, 2012 - 20:57

      I think the one who needs to learn about labour relations is the PSAC negotiator, the same one who kept strikers in Fredericton on the picket line for 8 months.

    • a business man
      December 21, 2012 - 15:23

      **********I HOPE this is an international union taking advantage of the ignorance of its local members here to further their gains elsewhere

  • harold
    December 19, 2012 - 14:17

    binding arbitration. BINDING ARBITRATION..

  • bren
    December 19, 2012 - 14:04

    i,m just wondering how much ,mr collins salery is compared to thepeople on the picket line.

    • Fred Penner
      December 19, 2012 - 18:53

      Irrelevant....A CEO probably makes 100 times what someone on "the line" does....thats called Capitalism.

  • Hockey fan
    December 19, 2012 - 13:47

    Sounds like PSAC are like the NHL owners. This market/ province is a labourers dream, businesses should take note. Supply and Demand