Canada to block airline strike

By the Associated Press | October 11, 2011 | 6:15 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — Canada's Conservative government is moving to prevent a strike Thursday by Air Canada flight attendants by sending the matter to the Canada Industrial Relations Board for review.

Labor Minister Lisa Raitt said Tuesday that referring the matter to the labor board will prevent nearly 7,000 flight attendants at Canada's largest airline from going on strike Thursday.

Her comments come after members of the union rejected a second tentative agreement supported by union leaders.

The referral buys the government time as it looks to pass back-to-work legislation. Parliament resumes sitting next week.

The union says its negotiators are prepared to resume talks.