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Change in the wind for airport screening staff in Kelowna

Word of layoffs pending at Kelowna International Airport for passenger screening staff is just a rumour at this point, according to the company contracted for the job.

G4S took over pre-board screening last year and it is currently in negotiations with the employee's union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, over how to handle reductions in the hours afforded by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.

"Earlier this year, CATSA made adjustments to its operations on a national basis to ensure that it remained within its approved budget, while continuing to maintain the highest levels of security," said Mathieu Larocque, CATSA spokesperson, in a written response to questions about staff changes issued Thursday.

The first round of adjustments did not result in layoffs, the statement went on to say.

Katie McLeod, of G4S Canada, confirmed the contractor and the union are talking, but said there has not been a decision to lay off staff. She could not provide a timeline for the discussions.

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