August 9, 2018 / 9:29 PM / 10 months ago

Toronto airports' screeners reject contract offer, approve strike mandate -union

MONTREAL, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Screening officers at two Toronto airports on Thursday rejected a three-year contract offer from employer Garda and authorized possible strike action, the International Association of Machinists said in a statement.

The estimated 2,400 officers at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, Canada’s busiest airport, along with smaller Billy Bishop, have not yet set a specific strike date, added Carlos DaCosta, the union’s air transport coordinator for Canada, by phone. Privately held Garda acts as a service provider on behalf of the Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority (CATSA), a crown corporation which collects fees from the traveling public to provide pre-board security screening for flights, the union said in the statement. (Reporting by Allison Lampert Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

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