Air Canada’s largest union is­sues Mon­day strike no­tice

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MON­TREAL | Air Canada’s largest union has is­sued a no­tice that it in­tends to strike Mon­day at mid­night un­less a new con­tract is signed by then.

Air Canada said Wed­nes­day that the air­line re­ceived no­tice that the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ma­chin­ists and Aero­space Work­ers in­tends to strike at 12:01 a.m. (0501 Green­wich Mean Time) on March 12 if a new con­tract is not signed. The union rep­re­sents about 8,600 me­chan­ics, bag­gage han­dlers and cargo agents at Air Canada.

The strike dead­line co­in­cides with the start of “March Break,” when many trav­el­ers fly south for va­ca­tion in what is one the busiest travel times dur­ing the year.

Many Air Canada work­ers are try­ing to win back pay and con­ces­sions they gave up to help the air­line re­struc­ture un­der bank­ruptcy pro­tec­tion in 2003 and 2004.

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