According to the Montreal Gazette, a 72-hour strike notice was given to Swissport Canada this past Saturday on behalf of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) who intend to strike this week if a deal is not reached.
Swissport supplies all the fuel for both Montreal airports, the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Dorval (YUL) and the Montréal–Mirabel International Airport, in Mirabel (YMX).
Workers responsible for refuelling, as well as machinists, mechanics, dispatchers, and maintenance staff, have all been "without a contract since last August," the Gazette explains, as negotiations over salaries and work-life balance continue between the union and Swissport.
We reached out to the IAMAW for a statement about the looming strike but they did not respond to our request for comment.
According to The Canadian Press, IAMAW union members "have voted 99 percent in favour of a strike," which would begin at an as-of-yet unspecified time on December 31, 2019.
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A press release issued by Swissport explains the company is "surprised and disappointed" by the IAMAW's rejection of a tentative agreement offered this past weekend.
They also insist that "travellers, customers, stakeholders and airport authorities can rest assured" that Swissport is dedicating "every effort to reach an agreement and continue the refuelling service during this busy period."
Without staff to refuel airplanes, it is unclear how air traffic could continue as normal, particularly as Swissport Canada is the only supplier of fuel for planes coming in and out of both Trudeau and Mirabel airports.
Then, of course, we have a storm looming, as well.