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VAL D’OR, QC – Workers at the Val-d’Or Regional Airport have signed a new collective agreement. The new employment contract covers a period of four years from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2016.

“This employment contract regulates the working conditions of some 15 people,” said union president Guy Royer (CUPE 4260). “We are very satisfied with the discussions that have taken place in recent months. The negotiations between the two parties went extremely well in a climate of mutual respect.”

The workers are getting a wage increase of 2.5% for each year of the new contract. The negotiations also enabled adjustment of the workers’ salaries to the rate of pay for similar jobs in the airport service sector, as well as the improvement of certain non-monetary clauses.

“We are confident that these conditions will attract and retain the skilled workers we need to continue to offer our users the safest, highest quality airport service possible,” said Doris Poulin, director of operations at the Val-d’Or Regional Airport.

There are more than 20,000 aircraft movements per year at the Val-d’Or Regional Airport, including scheduled commercial flights, charters, private planes and sun destinations. A main base of the SOPFEU is installed there, and the Northern Mining Transit Centre offers mining companies all the facilities required for the exploration and exploitation of mineral deposits in the northern territories. Air Creebec is headquartered there. In addition, there are various aircraft and helicopter maintenance services and a flying school.

L’Aéroport régional de Val-d’Or inc., a non-profit organization, has owned and operated the airport since January 11, 1999.

For more information, please contact:

Guy Royer
President, Syndicat des travailleurs de Val-d’Or
Mobile: 819-856-2665

Doris Poulin
Director of Operations, Val-d’Or Regional Airport,
Tel: 819 825-6963
Email: poulin.doris@arvo.qc.ca

Lisa Djevahirdjian
CUPE Communications
Mobile: 514 831-3815