Handlex Workers are on Strike

Thousands of travelers will be affected by this strike, which will have an impact on operations at Pearson, Mirabel and Trudeau airports...

LAVAL, QC, Feb. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Workers at Handlex went on strike this evening at Pearson, Trudeau and Mirabel airports, as they were unable to reach an agreement with company management. Around 400 Handlex workers are represented by the Teamsters union. They are responsible for the loading and unloading of baggage for several airline companies, including Air Transat, Air France, British Airways and Swissair.

The strike began at 8:00 p.m. this evening at the three airports. Managers and scabs could be brought in to replace Handlex workers.

Handlex workers rejected the final offers presented by management during a last-ditch meeting held today at the company's head office in Toronto. The workers considered the company's offers to be inadequate.

Among the principal points of contention between the two parties are salaries, as well as night and split shift bonuses. History would seem to be repeating itself because the parties were in disagreement about the same aspects of the collective agreement during the last round of negotiations a year ago.

There are no meeting schedule with the employer for the moment.

Handlex is a subsidiary of Air Transat.

The Teamsters Union represents 125,000 members in Canada in all trades. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

SOURCE TEAMSTERS CANADA

For further information:

Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Communications, Teamsters Canada
Mobile: 514-609-5101
Office: 450-682-5521, x236
Email: slacroix@teamsters.ca

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