Air Canada, union reach deal to avert strike -Montreal Gazette

OTTAWA — Air Canada has reached a deal with the union representing its flight attendants, ending the threat of a strike.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees announced Tuesday afternoon that an “agreement in principle” was reached between the two sides Tuesday afternoon.

“The union’s executive committee will recommend that its members accept this tentative agreement,” said union spokesman Jeff Taylor.

The news came on the eve of a strike deadline that would see 6,800 airline employees walk off the job early Wednesday morning.

Earlier Tuesday on the steps of Parliament Hill, the leader of the union representing the airline workers blasted Labour Minister Lisa Raitt’s plan to force Air Canada flight attendants back to work if they go on strike.

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