New Brunswick

Travellers worried over possible Air Canada strike

Air Canada flight attendants have voted in favour of a strike that could happen as soon as Wednesday and that is causing uncertainty for travellers in New Brunswick.

Air Canada flight attendants could be on strike next week

Air Canada flight attendants have voted in favour of a strike that could happen as soon as Wednesday and that is causing uncertainty for travellers in New Brunswick.

Air Canada employs 6,800 flight attendants and if they walk off the job it would be the airline's second strike in three months.

The flight attendants, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, massively rejected an earlier tentative deal late in August.

Air Canada has not discussed its contingency plans if there is a strike, but reports have suggested it has trained managers as replacements.

It is also unclear what the impact of a potential strike would be on New Brunswick travellers.

Air Canada Jazz is the only carrier operating out of Saint John and its flight attendants have a different contract than their counterparts at Air Canada.

But catching connecting flights could still cause trouble for travellers and it's also not known whether Air Canada Jazz employees would cross picket lines at larger centres, such as Halifax and Montreal.

Ellen Tucker, a travel agent, said she worries Air Canada Jazz crews won't want to cross picket lines at airports where Air Canada Jazz and Air Canada employees work side-by-side.

But she's hoping it won't come to that and any work stoppage can be avoided.

"I think people are very sensible and reasonable these days, particularly in light of the world economy, and they will settle this strike," she said.

Dorothy Beers was at the Saint John Airport on Wednesday waiting to catch a flight. Beers is heading to British Columbia to take a cruise and she’s worried when she returns that Air Canada’s fight attendants could be on strike.

"That's sort of a frightening aspect when you're travelling," she said.

Beers said she doesn’t know what she will do if she gets stuck on the other side of the country during a labour dispute.

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