Toronto, October 15, 2017 – The 80-day strike at Pearson Airport by members of Teamsters Local Union 419 is officially over. Swissport workers today voted 63% in favour of ratifying a new tentative agreement.

The new 3-year agreement contains minor improvements on wages, benefits and scheduling.

“I would like to thank our members, mediators and the bargaining committee for their time and efforts over the past months,” said Harjinder Badial, Vice-President of Local Union 419. “Teamsters will continue working to improve conditions at Swissport over the coming years.”

Swissport’s 700 ramp equipment operators, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, and other ground crew workers at Pearson Airport had been on strike since July 27, 2017. They will go back to work on Wednesday.

Teamsters represent 125,000 members in Canada in all industries. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.


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