Swissport Strike Expected Today at Toronto Pearson to Affect Cargo and Passenger Operations Jul 27 2017
Ground handlers working for Swissport at Toronto Pearson Airport, members of Teamsters Local 419, are expected to strike this afternoon, following a strike notice filed on Monday. This will impact passenger and cargo operations at the airport.
Swissport handles passenger baggage and ground handling for virtually all of the wide-bodies at Pearson, with the notable exception of Air Canada, WestJet and Emirates, which have other ground handling arrangements. Other than for those three carriers, most baggage operations are expected to be affected. Swissport does have contingency plans in place to continue ground handling operations, for passenger and cargo.
However, members should expect to be impacted. There will, in all likelihood, be picket lines at entrances to the Vista Building, which typically will hold trucks for a period of time and delay them from entering or departing. Shippers should be advised to prepare for delays, and forwarders might add extra time to normal cut-offs to ensure that export cargo can be delivered within required carrier cut-offs.
Some Asian carriers seem to be reacting strongly, with some announcing that they are refusing to fly cargo to YYZ. Check with carriers to ascertain if they expect cargo to be impacted, if bookings are being honoured and so on.