ABBOTSFORD, BC, Aug. 22, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor members at the Cascade
Aerospace facility have ratified a settlement offer by a margin of 96%.
Cascade workers have been off the job for 11 weeks to achieve greater
job security and resist cuts to young workers' benefits.
"This strike was always about keeping good, stable jobs in Abbotsford,
and our members achieved that," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National
President. "I'm very proud of our members' commitment to defending good
jobs now, and for the future."
The new settlement offer includes significant wage increases, higher
premiums for confined spaces work, and a written commitment to maintain
Abbotsford as the primary heavy maintenance facility for RCAF C-130
"By sticking together, our members in Abbotsford showed a lot of courage
and leadership. They showed that workers can make gains and reject the
tired old refrain that 'good jobs are a thing of the past'," said Nate
Shier, Unifor Local 114 Plant Chair at Cascade. "It was clear to us
there would be no leadership from Abbotsford's MLAs or Member of
Parliament, and that it was up to us to defend good jobs in our
Unifor represents 440 aircraft maintenance engineers (AMEs), interior
technicians, painters, stores, maintenance, planning clerks, sheet
metal mechanics and other workers at the Abbotsford facility.
Last week two independent mediators—one from Eastern Canada where IMP
Group is based and one from the West—made recommendations to find
middle ground between the parties. Cascade Aerospace's owners,
Halifax-based IMP Group, initially resisted the recommendations but
have since agreed to binding arbitration on the last issues of
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto
Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
With more than 305,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the
For further information:
please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@unifor.org