Airport workers protest at PUB hearings

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Public Utility Board hearings on Newfoundland Power's general rate application, the proposed rate hike, have started at the PUB hearing offices in St. John's.

Before the session got underway this morning, however, striking airport workers arrived at the Prince Charles Building to remind PUB vice-chairwoman Darlene Whalen — who is also chairwoman of the St. John’s International Airport Authority's board of directors — of their continuing labour action and discontent.

Even as the hearings began inside, four workers stood at the building's front entrance holding protest signs. Four more were at the side entrance. Several more went inside the building.

One worker halted the hearings for about five minutes by going into the hearing room holding a placard.

Eighty-five airport workers, members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, went on strike Sept. 11.

Meanwhile, the PUB hearings are expected to take at least two weeks.

The Telegram will have more from the PUB in Friday’s full edition.

Organizations: Public Utility Board, Newfoundland Power, International Airport Authority Public Service Alliance of Canada

Geographic location: St. John's

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  • Disgusted
    January 10, 2013 - 12:11

    Honestly, do these union people really expect to get 58% wage increases? And worse again, do they think disrupting the PUB hearings will in any way move their cause forward? Enough is enough. Go back to work, and think about your families. You are just embarrassing them.

  • Robb
    January 10, 2013 - 12:06

    What does the union not get...when you see the wage demands as posted in the Telegram (which was a great thing to do), no one support a crew asking those kind of wages...it is just outrageous.....and of course the union wants to compare themselves to the workers in Halifax......how silly is that.....and you know they have to compare themselves to someone who is making more...no matter where they are.....why don't they compare themselves to Gander or Deer Lake....maybe even the landing strip on Bell Island, but certainly not an airport that is far away, and much bigger than ours....as you can see, they don't have much public support, so they should either just go back to work out of it, or if you don't like the wages, move to Halifax where they pay what you want.

    • Disgusted
      January 10, 2013 - 12:13

      ROBB... Well put.