Contract flip nets IAM new contract and new members! -IAMAW Canada Press Release

Contract flip nets IAM new contract and new members!

Wednesday May 23, 2018

For Immediate Release

Toronto, ON – The IAM has turned the tables on the latest contract flip at Toronto’s Pearson
International Airport by securing voluntary certification, a new collective agreement, and new

Contract flipping is common practice at Pearson allowed by the Greater Toronto Airport
Authority (GTAA) which normally means job loss for some of the affected workers, reduced
wages and benefits for others. This contract flip involved Smarte Carte, the firm responsible for
passenger baggage carts at the airport, who lost in a contract flip to Clarrion. However, instead of
possibly losing their jobs or having reduced wages and benefits with the new employer, the
Smarte Carte workers, members of the IAM, not only retained their jobs but their wages,
benefits, seniority as well as their union, thanks to the IAM.

“It took six weeks of extremely hard negotiating with the employer, the GTAA and several face
to face meetings with our members, “ explained IAM Transportation District Lodge 140
Organizer Sam Jabbar. “IAM Transportation District General Chairperson Tal Rayat and I made
it very clear to the employer and the GTAA that we were not going anywhere and they would not
be able to start their operations without our members. We also made it known our members
would not start their jobs without the IAM as their union representatives.”

“We have raised the bar with this agreement,” explained Rayat. “To achieve voluntary
certification is a tremendous victory for us. We have provided a smooth transition for
our members to their new employer while increasing our density at the airport with 35 new
additional members.”

The new three-year collective agreement provides wage increases of 3 per cent in each year, this
is in addition to the wages they had with Smarte Carte. All seniority and benefits remain
unchanged. In addition they will receive an annual boot allowance of $120.00 and the employer
has agreed to pay for 24 hours a month for union activists to attend monthly membership

“We have shown once again why we are the largest union at Pearson and we continue to grow,”
said a satisfied Jabbar. “We have turned another lemon into lemonade once again!”


For further information:

Sam Jabbar – IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 Organizer

Tal Rayat – IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson

Bill Trbovich – IAM Director of Communications for Canada
416-386-1789 Ext #31/416-735-9765

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