The IAM has certified pre-board screeners at six regional airports in British Columbia.
The 128 new members of Local 16 are employed by Gardaand provide security-screening services at airports in Campbell River, Penticton, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Nanaimo and Kelowna.
“This sector of Canadian air transport has seen tremendous growth in the last two years and pre-board screeners in this province have turned to the Machinists for representation because of our experience in this industry,” said IAM Assistant Deputy Mike Clegg.
“Our membership will continue to grow as the Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority expands the capabilities of these airports with the introduction of new security programs and equipment. Non-passenger screening and Hold Bag screening will require additional personnel and our membership could double by 2007.”