« It`s really balanced in a way, » MacAfee told CBC radio host Emily Brass on Friday. « We also had to look at the company and say, « Are all the positions we needed for a 4.5 million-passenger airport still needed for the size we will have today and in the near future? » At the end of each month, the work program updates a list of collective agreements from previous years that include 500 or more employees in provincial regions and 100 or more employees in federal jurisdiction. Mr. Hladun thanked airport staff for their support of other unions and showed solidarity as the strike continues. The two sides reached a tentative agreement late on Sunday. A ratification vote is scheduled for today. The new collective agreement provides for a 10 per cent pay increase over the term of the six-year contract, which expires on June 30, 2022. The Winnipeg Airports Authority is sending a quarter of its staff back to Winnipeg, citing the drastic decline in air traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic – but the union that represents some of those employees says the group is violating its collective agreement. Marianne Hladun, PSAC`s vice-president of grasslands, said Sunday morning that the main reason for the strike was the exit from union work and said workers were looking for an agreement that includes job security and fair compensation. Hladun said that many members have been working at the airport since the 1990s and deserve protection if their jobs are cut. She noted that the strike continues at the airport is under federal jurisdiction, but she said, « I absolutely think that because of the political climate, it has a provincial impact on the negotiations at the airport. » « We said that if there was work to be done, it would be our members who should do the work and not the contractors, and if no agreement was reached, they hit the pickets, » Hladun said. « This is a fair agreement that addresses the concerns of our members, » Marianne Hladun, PSAC`s regional executive director, said in the press release. « We are so proud of our members as they prepare to return to work. » Bill 28 will impose a two-year wage freeze on new collective agreements, followed by an increase of 0.75 per cent and one per cent over four years.
He said that with the slowdown in air traffic he saw, the Winnipeg airport will be « happy » if it receives 2 million passengers by the end of the year. « [Employees] were willing to contribute to the success of the airport, but they are really disappointed with the response from management. The two sides finally agreed on a one-year short-term contract to end the strike.