November 7, 2023 at 9:00 AM
After a series of in-person ratification meetings held in Toronto on November 6th, Unifor members at ASP Security have rejected the employer’s final contract offer. With a record turnout at the meetings, an overwhelming majority of members voted 79% in favour of rejecting the employer’s final offer. This in turn provides the bargaining committee with strike authorization, resulting in the ability to withhold labour, if and when required.
"Yesterday’s vote and show of solidarity from our hard-working ASP members is a clear message to this employer that they have had enough," said Tammy Moore, Unifor Local 2002 President. "It’s time for this employer to return to the bargaining table with a serious offer. This offer must provide a respectful proposal that reflects the value of our ASP members and can actually be ratified by this membership. I am confident that negotiations will continue and that we will reach a more reasonable agreement."
Unifor Local 2002 represents 476 workers at ASP Security that perform security-related functions at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Members provide terminal access control, door patrol, airside access, pass control, and other security related services.
Negotiations between the union and employer commenced on March 23rd this year with the intent of reaching a new contract for its members. However, discussions progressed slowly, and in early August, the employer expressed their need for additional time to review the existing union proposals and assess future implications on their operations.
The parties convened again on August 29th and 30th, but it was clear that our positions were significantly far apart on crucial matters pertaining to the member’s needs. As a result, Unifor filed for conciliation in hopes to have a third party mediate the negotiations process, and reach a more reasonable deal for the membership.
On October 19th, the employer approached the union with what they deemed a final offer for the ASP membership. Upon review of this document, it was clear that the details within this "final offer" provided very little for ASP members and did not align with what the membership mandated the Bargaining Committee to negotiate.
Under the existing conciliation timeline, if a new contract cannot be reached, Unifor members at ASP Security will be in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. on December 3, 2023.
Your Unifor 2002 Bargaining Committee
Sonia Torres, Bargaining Committee Representative
Vesna Jelic, Bargaining Committee Representative
Denise Cochrane, Assistant to the Unifor Local 2002 President
Charlotte Pape, Secretary Treasurer - Unifor Local 2002
Tammy Moore, President - Unifor Local 2002
Pearl Almeida, Unifor National Representative
For more information, please contact: Denise Cochrane, Assistant to the Local President
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