More news on the impending airport workers strike that will likely impact anyone trying to take off on a vacation or make their way home using the Montreal Trudeau airport has been released. Workers part of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) presented a 72-hour strike notice to their employer, Swissport Canada this past weekend. Swissport is responsible for refuelling planes at both of Montreal's Trudeau (YUL) and Mirabel (YMX) airports.
Workers responsible for refuelling, as well as machinists, mechanics, dispatchers, and maintenance staff, have all been without a contract since last August.
The current negotiations are centred around salaries and work-life balance, with the unionized employees of Swissport turning down a tentative agreement proposed by the company this past weekend.
We reached out to Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) to better understand how this strike will impact flights leaving Montreal, considering that Swissport is the sole organization responsible for refuelling planes at Trudeau and Mirabel airports. Although we have not received a response yet, Aéroports de Montréal has released a statement about the strike.
The statement from Aéroports de Montréal reads "ADM would like to reassure passengers that operations are continuing at the airport, but that the dispute could result in delays in flight schedules. Travellers are advised, as always, to check the status of their flight before coming to the airport."
The organization assured that the situation is being monitored 24 hours a day.
Upon learning that union members had turned down the tentative agreement put forth by Swissport, ADM issued a statement explaining that they were "disappointed" that negotiations had deteriorated.
#DL140 #IAM #IAMAW
Preparing Picket signs.
On strike on December 31, 2019 at 11h00. https://t.co/Gj0jQStX04
Swissport's response also expressed the company was "surprised and disappointed with the outcome" of the vote, as it felt the proposal was "fair and included significant improvements in total compensation and work conditions."
UPDATE: Swissport Canada has just issued a statement about the anticipated labour action at 2 Montreal airports: https://t.co/Ty9DqM1doj
In a statement shared by the CBC, Swissport explained that it has already "activated its contingency plan in anticipation of an employee strike" which it hopes will "limit disruption to passengers."
In regards with the situation of Swissport Fuelling and its union, we'd like to inform passengers that our team is… https://t.co/kxLjsvCEtz
— YUL Aéroport international Montréal-Trudeau (@YUL Aéroport international Montréal-Trudeau)1577582919.0
The ADM noted in their press release that "should a strike be launched, ADM will work closely with Swissport Fuelling to ensure that its contingency plan, developed in conjunction with airlines, is quickly implemented.
Swissport Fuelling has repeatedly affirmed that it has the necessary resources to continue aircraft refuelling operations at YUL and to deal with any eventuality."
According to the Montreal Gazette, this contingency plan includes redeploying Swissport management "to ensure certain services are maintained."
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.