TORONTO (NEWSnet/AP) — A strike by plane mechanics forced Canada’s second-largest airline, WestJet, to cancel hundreds more flights Sunday, upending plans of roughly 110,000 travelers.

The strike comes right before the long holiday weekend and Canada Day. 

Some 680 workers, whose daily inspections and repairs are essential to airline operations, walked off the job Friday.

Since Thursday, WestJet has canceled 829 flights scheduled to fly between then and Monday — the busiest travel weekend of the season.

Both WestJet and the Airplane Mechanics Fraternal Association have accused the other side of refusing to negotiate in good faith.

The union says its demands around wages would cost WestJet less than $5.6 million beyond what the company has offered for the first year of the collective agreement — the first contract between the two sides.

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