Aug 24, 2017
By Jane Brown
The strike by ground crew workers at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport continues. The workers, employed by Swissport, have rejected their latest contract offer by a 98 percent margin.
The 700 cabin cleaners, baggage handlers, and other ground crew workers handle 30 airlines at the airport, including Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Air France, KLM and Lufthansa. Air Canada and WestJet are not serviced by Swissport.
A spokesman for Teamsters Union Local 419 says Swissport’s second offer was almost identical to it’s first and has failed to address issues around shifts and benefits. A company spokesperson had said prior to the vote, they were optimistic workers would accept the deal.