Unionized airport workers in Kelowna land themselves a new contract

Five-year deal will give the 27 workers an 8.5 per cent pay raise over five years.

Unionized workers at Kelowna’s airport and and the City of Kelowna have ratified a new five-year collective agreement.

The agreement is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2015  and runs through to Dec. 31, 2019.

“This five-year agreement provides fair compensation for employees while enhancing airport service and operational flexibility,” said Stu Leatherdale, director of human resource and corporate performance for the city.

“The annual increases are in line with the CUPE civic collective agreement and will help to ensure the City of Kelowna can attract and retain the diverse and skilled work force we’ll need over the next five years.”

YLW served 1.6 million passengers in 2014 and currently sees 66 daily commercial flights.

“The new agreement balances the needs of CUPE Local 338 – Airport and the City of Kelowna,” said Kevin Vleeming, CUPE unit chairman. Our members continue take pride in delivering high quality services that help keep the airport running smoothly and safely.”

The new agreement,which covers 27 airport workers, will see salary increase of two per cent this year, 1.5 per cent in 2016, 1.5 per cent in 2017, two per cent in 2018 and 1.5 per cent in 2019 for a total of 8.5 per cent over the five-year life of the contract.

The airport workers covered by the new deal provide support to airport operations such as emergency services, snow removal, equipment and runway maintenance and general administration, as well as to the airlines and retailers that operate at the city-owned and operated  facility .

 

Just Posted

Kelowna Art Gallery hosts new exhibition, Poetics of Space

The exhibition can be viewed from Feb. 2 until May 5

Kelowna RCMP use spike belt to apprehend alleged car thieves

Both suspects were expected in court Thursday morning

Kelowna RCMP ask for assistance to identify suspects

The break and enter resulted in a firearm being stolen

TELUS works with YMCA for Okanagan youth

A four week employment program will assist at-risk youth

First recreational cannabis store in Okanagan has quiet opening near Lake Country

Indigenous Bloom has opened on Okanagan Indian Band land

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Hergott: Memories of crashes fade

Lawyer Paul Hergott writes about the importance of journaling after a crash

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

Remorse high for Vernon man sentenced for car surfing death

Driver of car that killed friend who was car surfing gets nine months in jail

Most Read