Air Canada has received notice from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), representing the airline’s approximately 8,600 mechanics, baggage handlers and cargo agents in Canada, that it intends to begin labor action starting at 12:01 a.m. ET on Monday March 12, 2012. The strike action falls in the midst of the peak March Break travel period, but Air Canada says it is hopeful that a resolution can be found in time to avoid an work stoppage.
Should a settlement not be reached and the IAMAW commences job action, the airline will endeavour to minimize inconvenience to its customers. In the meantime, Air Canada continues to operate its normal schedule without disruption.
This is the latest in a series of ongoing labor problems for Air Canada. In February it narrowly avoided a pilot strike; last October flight attendants were poised to strike when the Canadian government intervened. This latest notice to strike by the IAMAW leaves customers wondering if the government will intercede once again.
Source: Air Canada; Travel Pulse