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Negotiations between the St. John’s Airport Authority and striking workers have broken off again.
Both sides had been bargaining in Ottawa and St. John’s over the past month, after federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt brought both sides back to the table. But a press release from the airport authority this morning says “exploratory talks” have broken off, with no settlement reached. The nine-month strike will continue.
“The parties agreed that proposals exchanged would not be binding on either party unless there was an agreement on all issues. This was not achieved,” says the release.
About 85 members of the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees Local 90916 — members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada who handle runway clearing; building and equipment upkeep; fire, security and emergency services; and administrative and billing services - have been on strike since Sept. 11.
The union has been without a pay raise since 2008 and without a collective bargaining agreement since 2009.
It has asked for a new four-year contract with a 34 per cent increase in the first year, followed by 5.75 per cent raises in each of the following three years, amounting to a 58 per cent increase over four years. The airport authority has offered 34 per cent over seven years.
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