Monday, January 16, 2012

CAW set strike deadline at Viking Air aircraft manufacturing and repair firm

VICTORIA - The union representing 270 aircraft mechanics, machinists and other workers at Viking Air says they'll go on strike Thursday if there's no labour agreement.

Viking Air is restarting production of the Twin Otter, a propeller-driven airplane originally made by de Havilland and its successors.

The company is based on Vancouver Island near Sidney, B.C., and has a satellite plant in Calgary.

The Canadian Auto Workers union's contract with Viking Air expired at the end of October 2010.

CAW Local 114 gave the company 72-hours strike notice on Monday, but says its negotiators expect to keep talking this week.


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