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.
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.