They’re the ones who prepare the meals for the major air carriers that fly in and out of YVR, and they’re considering strike action.
About 400 members of “UNITEHERE local 40″ are in mediation with “Gate Gourmet”, a global in-flight caterer that services Air Canada and other major airlines.
Union spokesperson Michelle Travis says the company’s failed to deliver on a promise to improve workers’ pay after a wage freeze and is stripping away overtime.
“They schedule in such a way that they end up not paying out overtime on the sixth and seventh day of work so folks may work up to 8 to 10 days without overtime.”
Travis says working conditions and job security are also on the table.
“We’ve had a number of folks come back to work and after a month of being on the job the company says we’re going to take your seniority away, we’re gonna set you back a couple of years.”
The employees are also looking for a wage bump of 5% a year.
The contract expired the end of July.
CKNW has reached out to the company for comment.