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Porter fuel workers in T.O. could strike

Monday, January 07, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

CANADIAN OFFICE AND PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES UNION

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Strike looms at Porter FBO

TORONTO (January 7, 2013) - The employees who fuel Porter aircraft at the Toronto Island airport may be on strike as early as next week.

The 22 employees who work for Porter Fixed Based Operations (Porter FBO) have been unionized since August 2012 and have tried for nearly five months to negotiate a contract.

They will be in a legal strike position at 12.01 a.m. on January 10.

Though Porter FBO employees earn considerably less than the industry average, the employer has refused to negotiate a reasonable wage increase.

Porter FBO staff in Toronto are represented by the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE), Local 343.

The parties will meet on January 9 to try and finalize a first collective agreement - and to head off a strike that would severely disrupt operations at the Island airport.

"The union has been very reasonable in its requests," said COPE Staff Representative Mary Stalteri. "We sincerely hope to be able to prevent a strike and unnecessary inconvenience to the travelling public."

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sportsfan17 1/7/2013 8:39:42 PM Report

Where are all the union basher's on this one? Would love to hear their thoughts on this one! LOL
shorty38 1/7/2013 9:08:16 PM Report

If you don't want to work for what the company can afford to pay you, just go find a job that pays what you want. Don't piss off a lot of people that has nothing to do with what you want in life.
switchback 1/7/2013 9:56:31 PM Report

Pretty Sure they can afford it:

"Porter's first-quarter revenue, however, jumped to $49-million, compared with $23.7-million in the same period last year. The number of passengers in the first three months more than doubled to 286,097 customers."
"Robert Deluce, Porter's founder and chief executive officer, is expected to collect a salary of $204,167 this year, the prospectus said. His son, Porter chief commercial officer Michael Deluce, is in line to earn $145,833 in salary this year. They are slated to receive 4,200 restricted shares each."

From the Globe and Mail Aug. 2012
Sam C 1/7/2013 10:31:11 PM Report

switchback... revenue and profit are not the same thing. And, while those salaries might be high compared to working at a McJob, they are a fraction of what executives at other airlines receive.

As well, one of the reasons Porter can offer the low fares that it does is because they pay lower wages.
W. Yote 1/7/2013 11:14:18 PM Report

If you don't like what you get paid for pumping gas, get an education and find a job with a salary you are happy with... Or hold the company hostage until they pay you way more than your worth.

Those executive salaries are very modest, and the REVENUES are not that big. Porter is a small but growing airline that is has been great news for the consumer and Sault Ste Marie.

Watch as the union sinks them!
Point Blank 1/8/2013 10:09:16 AM Report

There goes another small industry to the greed of unions.
Too bad the unions are too short sighted to realize that when they force higher wages, the company will have to increase their prices and lose their competitive advantage. Ultimately, they could all end up out of work!
Guess you union supporters will have to ask for more money in your next contracts so you can pay for the higher prices that your fellow union comrades are causing!
And the wheel goes round and round...
funkywalker 1/8/2013 11:11:54 AM Report

The worst thing about unions is not being in one. Stop bashing unions and fight beside them. If you are jealous of our benefits fight for your own, not against ours. Unless of course you in the upper class and don't care what happens to us middle class peons. Wouldn't you rather earn a higher wage? Have a pension? Have benefits? If you answer no to these questions, you need a lot more help then what you are getting from some cathartic ramblings on a local website.
Point Blank 1/8/2013 11:56:49 AM Report

No...the worse thing about unions is that they breed complacency and mediocrity. They stifle ambition, individualism and self fulfilment. They promote the concept that you can do "just enough" and yet still be entitled to a raise or even a promotion. They live by the idea that if they don't get their own way, they'll take their bat and ball and go home! They seem to believe that they are entitled to benefit from all the good times, but are very reluctant to share in the bad.
They were valuable 100 years ago. Now, the pendulum has swung the other way and they have become too big, uncompromising and arrogant. And, in many cases, too greedy.
I'm not annoyed because I don't belong to a union (although I have in the past - reluctantly). I'm annoyed because we all have to pay, either directly or indirectly, for their never ending demands for more and more and more...
funkywalker 1/8/2013 1:02:07 PM Report

Well, I do know one thing, we are polar opposites with respect to this issue. I value your opinion, but if I were you I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for unions to be busted. And if they ever are, you better hope you are a financially priveleged individual, otherwise you'll be bottom feeding with the rest of us.
Point Blank 1/8/2013 3:18:39 PM Report

You're right. Nothing is going to change. But, I have to rant somewhere. My wife stopped listening to me!
funkywalker 1/8/2013 3:33:57 PM Report

There's something we can both relate to!
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