IAM, Swissport avert strike at Vancouver International Airport

A strike has been averted after a new agreement has been reached between the IAM and Swissport Canada at Vancouver International Airport the company said.

IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 union said it came to an agreement with Swissport, with the exception of the baggage service operations wages, which will proceed to binding arbitration.

The three-year agreement provides wage parity for Swissport ramp employees, an enhanced wage scale for aircraft groomers, an enhanced lump sum payment for Servisair ramp employees, enhanced longevity pay and improved sick time credits for Swissport employees.

IAM Local Lodge 16 provides ramp and grooming services as well as operates and maintains the entire baggage belt systems at Vancouver International.

Swissport services Westjet, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, and China Airlines, China Southern, Air China, Japan Airlines, Ana Airlines, Alaska Air, Korean Airlines, Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Qantas, Air New Zealand, Philippine Airlines, Air Transat and Eva Airlines.