February 2, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Montreal, Quebec – International Association of Machinists members at Air Canada on Jan. 22 ratified a 10-year contract with the airline. The union, which represents 7,500 technical, maintenance, airport ramp and cargo personnel, says the agreement will provide job security for the next decade.
Air Canada has recently reached 10-year deals with five other unions, including its pilots, flight attendants, customer-service and sales agents in Canada, and its union workers in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. The negotiations went much more smoothly than they did for the airline’s previous set of contracts, when a 12-hour strike by baggage handlers and ground staff disrupted flights. Air Canada, founded as Canada’s national airline in 1964, was privatized in 1989 and is the nation’s largest airline. Read more