The unionized workers are employed by Swissport, a company that services 30 airlines at the airport including Transat and Sunwing, and large global airlines such as Cathay Pacific, KLM, Lufthansa, Air France, British Airways, Alitalia and El Al. "This is when you're going to need all the knowledgeable people who know what's going on".
The workers include baggage handlers, cargo handlers, cabin cleaners and other ground staff, as well as some employees who tow planes for the airlines Swissport services. "There is a lot of monetary and non-monetary issues and quite frankly our members have been mistreated, they have been disrespected".
An Air Canada Dash 8-100 is seen taking off from Pearson International Airport on Friday. "Everything was in order", he said, adding that he had not heard of any major delays as a result of the labour dispute. That's a clear signal to us that these guys are just here to replace our jobs", "Badial said.
The members of Teamsters Local 419 began picketing around 10 p.m. ET Thursday after rejecting a contract offer from Swissport.
The union has set up picket lines outside Pearson's Terminal 3, as well as at a cargo terminal near Swissport's main offices.More news: Russian Federation is retaliating against new USA sanctions. Here's what that actually means
Swissport claims it has bargained in good faith throughout contract talks.
"I waited two years to get my benefits and now they want to take that away", said ramp agent Shawn Lenglett.
Asger Laursen, a passenger waiting for a flight to Copenhagen, also said he wasn't too anxious about the strike affecting his plans. "We're just here to get our point across". "We're exhausted, we're fed up, and we want equal rights".
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority told The Canadian Press Friday that the strike caused minimal disruption to flights at Pearson.
WestJet, which does not work with Swissport, said it was aware of the situation and advised passengers to arrive early for their flights to avoid delays.