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Contract workers at Vancouver airport ready to walk out over Christmas

Three hundred unionized workers based at Vancouver InternationalAirport hope the Christmas season gives them some leverage in contracttalks.

Three hundred unionized workers based at Vancouver International
Airport hope the Christmas season gives them some leverage in contract
talks.

The employees, members of the International Association
of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, have voted 94 per cent in favour
of strike action.


They work for Swissport and provide ground handling and baggage services for Westjet and Continental Airlines.


According
to union spokesman Todd Haverstock, contract talks have hit an impasse
but job action could severely disrupt Westjet operations over the
Christmas season.


He says a strike could also affect the entire airport because Swissport employees maintain all YVR's baggage sorting equipment.


Haverstock
says Swissport's final offer contained no wage increase for workers
with less than two year's service, and just one per cent annually for
longer-term employees, something he says is unacceptable when the
average full-time wage is $11.30 per hour.

 
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