Air Canada announced that they have given notice of strike action that will commence next Monday at midnight unless a new contract is signed by the deadline. The union that is prepared to go on strike is the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents approximately 8600 baggage handlers, cargo agents, and machinists that work for Air Canada. The union is poised to go on strike at 12:01 am on Monday.
The union made a brief statement in which it said that they are the largest union in Air Canada and without their workers Air Canada is grounded. Conservative Federal Labor Minister Lisa Raitt said she is monitoring contract talks between the two parties. She said the government is taking the situation seriously. The strike is set to begin as the March Break begins in cities across most of the country.
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