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Air Canada workers reject tentative contract

Feb. 23, 2012, Montreal - Air Canada is encountering some labour turbulence with its biggest union.


February 23, 2012
By The Canadian Press

The airline's maintenance workers, baggage handlers, and ground crews have rejected a tentative contract signed earlier this month.

The 86-hundred employees are represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

The employees have given their union a 78 per cent strike mandate, although the union says that doesn't necessarily mean there will be a walkout.

Air Canada is saying there's still enough time for both sides to avoid a disruption — and in the meantime, it's business as usual.

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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.