TORONTO, ON – After 80 days on the picket line Swissport ground crew at Pearson International airport are heading back to work.
The 700 members of Teamsters Union Local 419 voted 63% in favor of a new three-year deal on Sunday, that will send them back to work on Wednesday.
The agreement is not the first the union has voted on, with members having rejected a deal presented to them in August. The union says this new deal has improvements on wages and benefits, as well as scheduling, which was a major issue for some members.
Members on the line in August said they were concerned that new scheduling requirements would take them off regular shifts they had been working for years, instituting a system of rotating and on-call shifts that would leave them in a precarious position.
Swissport handles baggage, cargo, cabin cleaning, aircraft towing, and flight operations for 45 airlines, including 12 charter and cargo airlines such as UPS Canada, Nolinor Aviation, and Cathay Pacific Cargo.