Union Gives Air Canada March 12 Strike Notice

Air Canada: Strike Notice from IAMAW for March 12

Air Canada received official notice from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) that it intends to strike, with labor action starting at 12:01AM Eastern Time on Monday, March 12, 2012.  The IAMAW Union represents approximately 8,600 mechanics, baggage handlers and cargo agents in Canada.

Duncan Dee, Air Canada’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said, “We recognize that the IAMAW’s notice of strike action in the midst of the peak March Break travel period will cause uncertainty for thousands of our customers. The lines of communication remain open and we are hopeful that there remains sufficient time to avoid a work disruption.”

Dee continues, “We regret the uncertainty for our customers and we thank them for their patience and understanding.  This threatened job action follows the disappointing rejection of the unanimously recommended tentative agreement signed by the IAMAW bargaining committee following the federal mediation before the Honourable Madam Justice Louise Otis.”

If a settlement is not reached and the IAMAW begins a labor action, Air Canada said they’ll work to minimize inconvenience to its customers.

For the time-being, Air Canada has stated they’ll continue to operate their normal schedule without disruption.

In a statement, Air Canada also recognized they expect their call centers to encounter high call volumes and long waits.  To avoid the wait, the carrier suggests customers use aircanada.com, which will be updated with the latest information for consumers.  The website also provides self-service tools to create bookings, check-in for flights and rebooking flights in the event a flight is delayed or cancelled for reasons such as bad weather.

Air Canada will provide further updates as necessary.

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