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Strike slows cargo movement at Toronto Pearson Airport

A strike by more than 700 airport workers at Toronto Pearson Airport is causing delays of up to three hours. The main trouble spot is the cargo terminal gate, where picketers have successfully slowed the movement of vehicles carrying not only cargo, but also packages destined for export.

The striking employees, members of Teamsters Local Union 419, handle baggage and cargo, tow planes, clean cabins and perform flight operations tasks for more than 45 airlines, including UPS Canada, Nolinor Aviation and Cathay Pacific Cargo.

The strikers walked off the job on July 27, after failing to reach an agreement with their employer, Swissport. There are also delays at the Vista Terminal. It is unknown when negotiations to end the strike could resume.

If you have any questions concerning shipments booked with Universal Logistics and how they may be impacted by the above, please call (905) 882-4880, ext. 308 – Debbie McGuire, Manager – Freight Solutions.

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