Air Canada's largest union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), has given the airline notice that it will go on strike at 12:01 A.M. ET on Monday March 12, 2012 unless a new contract is signed. The IAMAW represents about 8,600 Air Canada mechanics, baggage handlers and cargo agents.
With Monday being the beginning of March Break for thousands of Canadian families, it could mean major disruptions.
The workers rejected a tentative contract settlement that was reached last month with the aid of a government-appointed conciliation commissioner. Issues include pensions, wages, scheduling night shifts, mandatory overtime and the role of part-time staff.
Air Canada says it is continuing to operate its normal schedule and will provide updates.
Lisa Raitt, the federal labour minister, said in a press release that the federal government is encouraging "both parties to avoid a work stoppage and to restore confidence to the traveling public and Canadian job creators that rely on commercial air services."
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