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Maintenance workers strike at Fredericton International Airport

Feb. 14, 2012, Fredericton - Picket lines are up at the Fredericton International Airport.


February 14, 2012
By The Canadian Press

Unionized support staff and maintenance workers walked off the job today after failing to reach a deal with the airport authority.

The 24 workers include firefighters and snow-clearing crew and are represented by the Canadian Transportation Employees Union.

Spokeswoman Anna Goguen says a number of members who are considered essential workers will join their striking colleagues after their shifts end.

Goguen says the mood on the picket line is positive, despite freezing temperatures around -24 C.

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Both sides met with a federal mediator throughout the weekend, but Goguen says the airport authority did not return to the table on Sunday.

The union says the issues on the table are related to compensation and classification.