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Up to 3 Hr. Delays at PIA Cargo Terminal


(Today’s Trucking)

Drivers picking up or dropping off items at Vista Cargo Terminal are facing long delays due to a Swissport ground crew strike in its fourth day at Pearson International Airport.

More than 700 workers employed by Swissport and represented by Teamsters Local Union 419 walked off the job July 27 after contract negotiations broke down.

Swissport handles baggage, cargo, cabin cleaning, aircraft towing, and flight operations for 45 airlines, including 12 charter and cargo airlines such as UPS Canada, Nolinor Aviation, and Cathay Pacific Cargo.

Ruth Snowden, executive director of the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA), says individual members reported backlogs of 20 to 30 minutes getting into the cargo terminal over the weekend, which increased to a delay of up to three hours on Monday morning. Click here to read more.