Strikers reach a tentative deal at Pearson Airport in Mississauga, Ontario


Published April 29, 2024 at 8:02 am

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Full food catering service may soon return to flights out of Pearson Airport in Mississauga.

The union representing around 800 workers at Gate Gourmet, a large airline catering company at the airport, said they reached a tentative agreement last night.

Teamsters Local Union 647 said the agreement must still be ratified by members in a vote to be held today (April 29). The workers have been on strike since April 16.

The union’s bargaining committee is recommending members vote to accept the agreement.

“After months of bargaining and almost two weeks on the picket line, we are pleased to announce a tentative agreement with Gate Gourmet,” said Martin Cerqua, president, Teamsters Local Union 647.

“I would like to thank our members for their incredible courage and solidarity, and salute everyone who supported us throughout this process. We look forward to sharing the complete details of this agreement with our members over the coming day.”

The workers walked off the job at midnight on April 16 after they failed to reach an agreement over wages. Employees earn between around $17 and $23 an hour — well below a living wage, Cerqua told on April 16.

Air Canada, West Jet, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Air India, Aero Mexico, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, and Jetlines are among the airlines affected by the strike.

Details of the agreement are being withheld from the public until members have a chance to review them first.

Workers can vote on the new agreement until 10 p.m. today. Results will be announced shortly thereafter.

Should the tentative agreement be ratified, workers will be expected to return to work on April 30, exactly two weeks after the strike first broke out.

Picket lines will remain in place until the deal is ratified.

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