ABBOTSFORD, BC, Aug. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Cascade Aerospace Inc. (Cascade)
has been made aware that employees from UNIFOR Local 114, other members
of UNIFOR, and representatives from other union organizations from the
Lower Mainland intend on setting up picket lines at the Aerospace,
Defense, and Security Expo (ADSE).
Cascade understands the significance of the ADSE event and the upcoming
Abbotsford Airshow to the local community, and sincerely hopes that the
actions of a few will not cause any undue hardship for participants and
the general public. We are also disappointed to learn that members of
other union organizations from outside the community are seeking to
involve themselves in a local labour situation.
While the management at Cascade recognizes the right of its workers to
membership in its union, and the right to strike, we are concerned that
the leadership of UNIFOR has been providing inaccurate or misleading
information to the public, industry, and government officials,
regarding the true nature of the labour dispute between Cascade
Aerospace and its employees.
Some of these inaccurate statements include, but are not limited to:
Two-Tier Wage Scale
Cascade does not anticipate a two-tiered wage scale program. All
employees who are currently on staff or new hires to Cascade will be
paid at the same rate.
Benefits for new hires
On its website, in recent news releases, editorial pieces, and in
interviews, UNIFOR continues to assert that they are fighting an
"aggressive campaign" to cut the benefits of young workers. Of the
three items tabled related to benefits two have been resolved in
principle (pension and benefits) and only one item, vacation plan,
The bargaining committee has refused a generous wage increase proposal
of 9.3% over four years.
Cascade is proud of its achievements, its employees, and the local
community. Throughout the bargaining process the company has negotiated
in good faith and is keen to resume negotiations with the bargaining
committee at the earliest possible opportunity to address the few
unresolved items related to the new contract with UNIFOR Local 114.
SOURCE: Cascade Aerospace Inc.
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