PSAC and the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE), welcome 20 firefighters at Calgary International Airport who are joining our growing union of 200,000 members.
The firefighters, employed by Pro-Tec Fire Services of Canada ULC, are responsible for providing emergency services involving aircraft and airport facilities. PSAC has also represented Pro-Tec firefighters at the Saskatoon International Airport since 2005.
The Calgary airport firefighters unionized to secure better wages and benefits, address health and safety concerns, and achieve greater job security.
"We tried to have our concerns addressed through our staff association but made little progress for almost a year,” explains Colin Dyck, one of the firefighters who led the unionization campaign. “Once we approached PSAC, however, we quickly realized it was the best union for us. Every representative I spoke to was so helpful, engaged and enthusiastic about having us come aboard.”
“As emergency responders, our newest members undertake critical life-saving work every day and help ensure the safety of Canada’s fourth busiest airport,” said PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President Marianne Hladun. “I congratulate them on a successful unionization drive and look forward to working with them to negotiate a strong first collective agreement.”
PSAC represents firefighters and first responders across the country, including at other civilian airports, on military bases, in municipalities and in northern communities.