Food service workers at Victoria International Airport, represented by UNITE HERE Local 40, rally outside the arrivals gate in July. (Peninsula News Review file photo)

Victoria airport workers reach contract agreement

Negotiations dragged on for a year-and-a-half with requests for better wages, job security

After a year-and-a-half of negotiations, food service workers at the Victoria International Airport have reached an agreement with employer Compass Group Canada, ratifying a new contract.

Since June 2017, workers employed at a number of food service outlets in the airport have been in discussions asking for better wages, job security and more staff to balance workloads.

In a release, UNITE HERE Local 40 said employees of White Spot, Tim Hortons, Starbucks and Spinnakers on the Fly will receive “significant raises of up to 24 per cent” over the term of the new agreement and will also receive retroactive bonuses.

RELATED: Company employing Victoria airport workers responds to demonstration

Those workers who do not receive gratuities “will soon reach $15 per hour by June.”

UNITE HERE Local 40 noted the increase is “well ahead” of the province’s scheduled minimum wage increases and is ahead of other concession workers at competing airports like Vancouver International.

“The new agreement also establishes the first ever pension for food workers at YYJ and includes critical workload protections that will tackle understaffing,” the release reads.

RELATED: Food service workers at Victoria airport protest for second time in four months

“For too long, I have felt that my work here at the airport was undervalued,” said Karlene Kipling, a cook at Spinnakers on the Fly. “The wage increases and benefits we will receive with this new contract are starting to change that so that I can afford to stay here and do the work that I love.”

RELATED: Victoria airport workers rally on Tuesday

Workers engaged in two demonstrations in July and November, backed by the union, elected officials, community groups and passengers from across the region.

Because Compass has a limited term agreement with the Victoria Airport Authority, workers expressed concern as to whether they would remain employed upon the completion of that contract.

According to the release, the next contract will expire in 2020, but contracted workers “will continue to press the Victoria Airport Authority and the province to address contract flipping at airports and other institutions in B.C.”


@kristyn_anthony
kristyn.anthony@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Barbecue cooks up benefits for Movember foundation

Father’s battle with prostate cancer encourages Victoria man to support the cause

Greater Victoria’s biggest home show seeks vendors that fit the new green theme

Home and Garden Expo to focus on sustainability, green living, energy efficiency for first time

Wastewater overflows lead to CRD warning at Greater Victoria beaches

Runoff may pose a health risk, CRD asks the public to stay out of the water in impacted areas

New gay pub to open in Victoria in the new year

The Vicious Poodle will be relaxed setting and host drag shows as well

SD63 strike officially ends with union’s vote to accept agreement

More than 7,000 Saanich and Peninsula students back to school Monday

Teen with cancer whose viral video urged Canadians to vote has died, uncle tweets

Maddison Yetman had been looking forward to voting in her first federal election since junior high school

Greater Victoria 2019 holiday craft fair roundup

Get a jump on your holiday shopping

Striking Vancouver hotel workers, employer reach ‘tentative’ agreement

Employees of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia have been out at picket lines since talks broke off on Sept. 21

Environmental and animal rights activists chain themselves to front doors of Kelowna bank

The group is protesting Interior Savings Credit Union’s support of Kelowna Ribfest

Cold, stormy winter forecast across much of Canada, The Weather Network predicts

In British Columbia temperatures will be slightly above normal and precipitation will be just below normal

Cell phone tickets worse tax grab than speed limits, SenseBC says

Distracted driving statistics questioned as B.C. tickets pile up

Cleanup in the works after tanker truck fire leads to oil spill in B.C.’s Peace region

The province said the majority of the spilled oil likely burned away in the fire.

Fisherman missing near Lake Cowichan’s Shaw Creek

Family is asking for everyone and anyone to keep their eyes open,… Continue reading

BC VIEWS: Action needed on healthcare workplace violence

While we’ve been talking about it, the number of B.C. victims has only grown

Most Read