Airline food workers fight lockout in Canada

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  1. sobore
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    Some 60 workers at Gate Gourmet’s plant near the airport here set up a picket line after bosses locked them out April 16.
    Gate Gourmet is the world’s largest independent catering service for airlines and railroads. Its parent company, Gate Group, reported a $58 million profit increase in 2010, up 36 percent from the previous year.
    Members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 401 were in negotiations with the previous owners and working without a contract when Gate Gourmet bought the company in November 2010.
    Gate Gourmet tried to impose a contract that included a three-year wage freeze. When workers refused the “offer,” and were about to send in their strike notice, the company immediately locked them out.
    Workers point out that the price of gas alone has doubled over the last two years. Many live in the city and drive 40 kilometers (25 miles) to work.
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    The airport affected by the strike is Edmonton YEG.

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