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Strike at Newfoundland airport continues

March 4, 2013, St. John's - A federal mediator has decided not to bring the St. John's International Airport and its striking workers back to the table.


March 4, 2013
By The Canadian Press

In a statement on the airport's website, it says no progress was made towards ending the nearly six-month strike since bargaining resumed on Feb. 16.

The airport authority says the Public Service Alliance of Canada asked for a 56 per cent wage increase over four years and has taken an inflexible approach to negotiations.

The union says in a press release that it is calling on airport CEO Keith Collins to seek a new mandate from the board of directors and return to the table immediately to negotiate.

The roughly 90 unionized maintenance workers — which include mechanics, electricians and administrative personnel — have been on strike since Sept. 11, 2012.

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