Air Canada’s largest union issues Monday strike notice
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.