Air Canada strike begins after talks fail

Delays reported as union asks other workers not to cross picket lines

Sales staff and customer service workers for Air Canada went on strike early Tuesday morning, quickly causing travel delays and flight cancellations for passengers in Atlantic Canada, Montreal and Toronto. The Canadian Auto Workers union, which represents 3,800 Air Canada employees, said the strike is a response to disagreements on pensions and wages with the airline. Air Canada has said they will continue to operate a “full flight schedule,” by posting more than 1,700 managers in airports and call centres. But more workers for the airline may soon join the strike, since CAW has called on pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and baggage handlers not to cross the picket lines.

CBC News

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