Mechanics could be asked to vote again

Air Canada’s (TSX:AC.B) mechanics and technical staff could be asked to vote again on a proposed labour contract after a membership vote narrowly rejected a tentative agreement that would freeze their wages until March 31, 2011.

Air Canada’s (TSX:AC.B) mechanics and technical staff could be asked to vote again on a proposed labour contract after a membership vote narrowly rejected a tentative agreement that would freeze their wages until March 31, 2011. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers says it could hold another membership vote to get the deal approved, or it could meet with Air Canada to see if the tentative agreement can be tweaked.

Spokesman Bill Trbovich says the union’s leadership is meeting today and wants to meet with Air Canada on Friday. He says the Vancouver 2010 Olympics will not be used as a bargaining chip, as reported by a Toronto newspaper. The rejection of the tentative deal threatens to delay Air Canada’s efforts to gain federal approval to defer most of its pension payments for 21 months. The Machinists union represents about 10,000 mechanics, electricians, baggage handlers and cargo agents at Air Canada.

Just Posted

RCMP officer fires his gun in confrontation with suspects near Maskwacis

RCMP were called to Samson First Nation with report of shots fired early on Monday morning

Scares and chills await at haunted house in Red Deer

Zed Haunted House helps raise money for Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer District

PHOTO: Renewable Energy Fair at Red Deer College

The Renewable Energy Fair and Workshops event was held at Red Deer… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Red Deer College Queens host third annual Pink in the Rink game

Queens raised $12,035 for the Central Alberta Cancer Centre.

WATCH: Make-A-Wish grants Star Wars loving teen’s wish

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Anakin Suerink’s wish in Red Deer Saturday afternoon

Except for 1 kick, Saints, Ravens are evenly matched

BALTIMORE — In a matchup between the league’s highest-scoring offence and top-ranked… Continue reading

Julia Louis-Dreyfus gets a top award for comedy

WASHINGTON — After a 35-year acting career and with two iconic television… Continue reading

Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West enter Country Music Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE — Bluegrass and country star Ricky Skaggs, singer Dottie West and… Continue reading

AP Exclusive: Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair, thesis for sale

LONDON — Stephen Hawking was a cosmic visionary, a figure of inspiration… Continue reading

Canada deemed U.S. a safe country for asylum seekers after internal review

OTTAWA — Canadian immigration officials have determined that the United States remains… Continue reading

Bombardier sues Mitsubishi over alleged theft of aircraft trade secrets

MONTREAL — Bombardier is suing Mitsubishi Aircraft in the United States over… Continue reading

Three strong earthquakes reported in Pacific Ocean off Vancouver Island

Three relatively strong earthquakes were recorded Sunday night in the Pacific Ocean… Continue reading

Turkey to reveal details of probe into Khashoggi’s killing

ISTANBUL — In a sign of growing pressure on Saudi Arabia, Turkey… Continue reading

Most Read