Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, Local 1006A members at iFly Toronto (Oakville) have achieved a new union contract.
"Given the specific time we are in, it was pretty reasonable for us to achieve policy changes in our new contract,” said Mike Gravelle, a member of the union negotiating committee. "Everyone was content with clarifying some specific language and policy. Overall, we are content and are looking forward to future negotiations."
Despite the absence of any revenue since the onset of the pandemic, 1006A was able to negotiate a contract with gains and zero concessions.
“In the face of difficult circumstances, 1006A’s negotiating committee worked hard to secure improvements and protections for our members at iFly,” said President Wayne Hanley. “I want to congratulate our negotiating committee members on their hard work on behalf of our membership during the pandemic.”
Negotiations were led by Union Representative Dustin Magee, with support from Union Rep Diana O’Brien.
The term of the contract is from December 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022 and covers 16 workers.
“I’m happy with the new contract – We were able to get some good non-monetary changes such as scheduling improvements, language for moving to part-time and replacing equipment,” said another member at iFly.
- Improvements to hours of work and scheduling
- Improvements to member safety through new language for helmet and flight suits
- Increase in the number of stewards allowed from 2 to 3