01/22/2016 21:50 EST | Updated 01/22/2017 00:12 EST

Air Canada machinists accept new contract

TORONTO — Air Canada technical, maintenance, airport ramp and cargo personnel have accepted a new contract.

Their union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace, says the deal provides job protection to the 75-hundred workers for the next decade.

The 10-year agreement was hammered out last month.

This is the sixth agreement reached with unions representing various Air Canada employees.

It's a marked contrast to the previous round of labour talks at Air Canada, which were among the most acrimonious in the airline's history.

They included a 12-hour illegal walkout by baggage handlers and ground staff that disrupted flights. The federal government had to either intervene or threaten to do so on more than one occasion.


The Canadian Press