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Porter FBO Reaches Agreement With Union After A Five Month Long Strike
By Eddy Metcalf

June 26, 2013 – Porter FBO a subsidiary of Porter Airlines has agreed to a contract with the Canadian Office and Professional Employees (COPE) union (Union Local 343) by 85 per cent of the 22 customer service and fueling team members. These workers have been on strike since January 10. Porter FBO agreed to withdraw the $4 million lawsuit it had against the union.  

"The strike lasted longer than anyone would have expected, but we look forward to having back everyone involved now that a deal is done," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter FBO Limited. 

This negotiated agreement allows Porter FBO and its team members represented by COPE to focus on growing the business and serving customers. The entire Porter family is intent on pursuing growth plans to provide service across North America beginning in 2016, using Bombardier CS100 aircraft. These plans require certain government approvals and are currently being reviewed. 


The union has reported Porter FBO employees would receive in the settlement a lump sum payment, a series of monetary and non-monetary gains, scheduling changes, grandfathering clauses for employees and wage negations would be reopened next year. However, there was no mention as to a percentage in annual wage increases. 

"When you add it all up it's good for both parties and the members were pleased as you can tell from the ratification process. First contracts are hard and I think everybody learned from this particular experience. The gains that they made, I think they felt it was worth it." 

Brad Cicero a spokesman for Porter said the agreement was in line with another contract settled earlier this year without a strike for 44 Porter cleaners and facilities team members represented by another union. 

Porter Airlines along with Porter FBO Limited, which operates the Porter facilities at Billy Bishop, and City Centre Terminal Corp., are owned by Porter Aviation Holdings (PAHL). Porter Airlines is a regional airline headquartered at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on the Toronto Islands in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Porter operates regularly scheduled flights between Toronto and locations in Canada and the United States using Canadian-built Bombardier Dash-8 Q 400 turboprop aircraft.



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