Calgary – January 24, 2020 – UFCW Local 401 members working at ASP Security Services at the Calgary International Airport have achieved a first union contract that provides wage increases, more sick days, and better benefits. The 130 non-screening security employees voted to join UFCW in July 2019.
Responding to the unique working conditions of the ASP Security Services membership, the contract vote was held at the airport with members of the bargaining committee available to answer questions about the deal. This ensured a strong voter turnout and an informed collective decision.
Highlights of the gains achieved for members include:
- Wage increases for all employees and the introduction of clear wage grids, guaranteeing steady wage increases commensurate with members’ experience;
- Extensive contract language surrounding members’ rights to union representation;
- Three paid sick days guaranteed in the collective agreement; and
- Increased options for benefits, including dental coverage, and benefit coverage up to the age of 75, which will immediately assist a significant portion of the membership.
UFCW Local 401 Union Labour Relations Officer, Stephen Reed, congratulates the new ASP members, noting the many hurdles they overcame in achieving their first union contract.
“Our ASP members worked closely with the support of UFCW staff throughout this process, overcoming challenges presented by the fast-paced and high stakes nature of the work. There were some anxious moments through the organizing phase, but by staying committed to our goal, we achieved something we can all be proud of.”
“I was thrilled to see ASP employees stand united and strong in support of their bargaining committee,” says lead union negotiator and UFCW Local 401 Executive Director, Chris O’Halloran. “Many employees came out on their own time to participate in our telephone town hall and other meetings prior to our last bargaining session with the company. This feedback was incredibly important and useful in our ability to send a strong and clear message of solidarity to ASP management,” he adds.
UFCW Local 401 is Alberta’s largest private sector union, representing 32,000 working Albertans in industries as diverse as retail, food processing, health care, and education. To learn more about UFCW 401 and its outstanding work, visit the Local Union’s website.
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