By: Nicolas Di Nardo
As noted in our blog published earlier this week, 700 employees have gone on strike at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.
The 700 employees represented by the Teamsters union went on strike on Thursday night, after rejecting an offer from their employer, Swissport.
Luckily, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority has a contingency plan in place, however no details were provided. Airlines have also said they were prepared if their workers decided to join the picket line. Swissport is connected to 30 of the 74 airlines at Pearson which include airlines such as Sunwing, Air Transat, Air France and British Airways.
The proposal presented to employees by Swissport was rejected by a 95 per cent margin.
The union believes the contract is unfair to its workers, something they demonstrate as they march with signs and chant “respect” out front of Pearson Airport.
So far it is unclear how long this will last, but if you’re trying to catch a plane in the coming days, you may want to check to make sure your airline is not one of those thirty airlines effected.
For more details on the strike, please read our blog that goes into more detail on this matter.
Devry Smith Frank LLP (“DSF”) is a full service law firm in Toronto that has experienced Labour Law Lawyers that can assist employers in the event of union organizing, bargaining and negotiations, and strikes. If you require a Labour law Lawyer, contact DSF’s Labour Lawyers today, or call our office directly at 416-449-1400.