Aéroports de Montréal has called a meeting with 93 employees at a hotel on Wednesday morning — the workers’ union believes they will be laid off and their jobs given to contractors
The Public Service Alliance of Canada is worried that almost 100 of its members, employees of the Montreal airport, will be laid off as their jobs are contracted out.
Aéroports de Montréal mangement has called 93 union members to a meeting at a hotel on Wednesday afternoon, and the union fears that the layoffs will be officially announced then, Yvon Barrière, executive vice-president for Quebec at PSAC, said in an interview with the Presse Canadienne on Tuesday.
“After receiving a final counter-offer from the union, on Feb. 12, the ADM must now make its final decision. You are called to a mandatory meeting where the ADM will communicate this decision,” reads the letter from airport managers to the affected employees.
The ADM has been looking to save $1.5 million by contracting out positions, Barrière said. That sum drops to $1.1 million when management fees are included.
The union has made a counter-offer that would allow the ADM to save $450,000, Barrière said. It’s that counteroffer that the ADM referenced in its letter calling employees to the meeting.
“We don’t have a good feeling, it doesn’t smell good,” Barrière said.
Barrière said the 93 employees in question work in customer service, information and hospitality and 11 of them are assigned to security.
They make between $17 and $27 an hour, on average, according to him, their sub-contracted replacements would make $15 an hour.
Asked for comment, the ADM confirmed that it has “initiated a process last November in relation to the positions of reception staff and permit office agents aimed at reducing operating costs.”
The airport’s permit office is responsible for issuing access passes for secure areas as well as permits to operate vehicles airside.
“The process followed the steps set out in the collective agreement” and negotiations took place, the ADM said.
“A meeting between the parties is scheduled this week,” the airport said in an email.