ABBOTSFORD, BC, June 4, 2014 /CNW/ - More than 400 skilled workers at
Cascade Aerospace began a legal strike action at 11 am today after
talks with the employer broke down. Workers have started rolling their
tool benches out of the workplace by the hundreds.
"We've been working through the night trying to reach a deal that is
fair for all parties, but we have reached a standstill. Our members
won't accept concessions from a company as profitable as Cascade," said
Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor's BC area director.
Cascade Aerospace, owned by the Halifax-based IMP group, is the primary
contractor for the Department of National Defence's repair and overhaul
on the DND Hercules heavy transport plane fleet covering the Lockheed
Martin C130 E, H and the new J models. The Unifor workers also help
the company repair commercial aircraft for firms including CanJet and
Lynden Air Cargo and are currently working on two Lockheed Martin C130
cargo planes for the Mexican government.
After reviewing a leaked document that shows the company is planning to
continue operations during the strike, Unifor is concerned that other
workers will be rushed in to do the work normally done by its members.
"Our members are highly skilled and the ones best suited to do this
highly specialized work. We think that customers and military personnel
who will ultimately be using and flying in these aircraft have a right
to know that the people doing the repairs have the necessary skill and
experience," said McGarrigle.
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto
Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, with more than
305 000 members including over 10 000 working in the Aerospace
For further information:
Unifor Communications Representative Katie Arnup at 416-333-8097 (cell) or Katie.Arnup@unifor.org