ABBOTSFORD, BC, June 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Instead of using replacement
workers, Unifor is calling on Cascade Aerospace to get back to the
bargaining table to negotiate job security for the more than 400
workers on strike. Contrary to the company's claims, back-up labourers
have been shipped in to do the work of striking technicians and
"Replacement workers will only prolong the production delays at
Cascade," said Gavin McGarrigle, BC Area Director for Unifor, the union
representing the workers at Cascade. "The fastest way to end the
Cascade dispute is to bargain the job security that highly-skilled
Abbotsford workers deserve."
Ben Boem, vice-president and Cascade's Chief Operations Officer has said
publicly that the company will not use replacement workers during the
On Saturday, at least 10 workers wearing CanJet gear were bussed across
picket lines. Halifax-based IMP Group owns both Cascade Aerospace and
"We're concerned that Cascade would attempt to mislead the public and
their customers about who is performing the repairs," said McGarrigle.
Unifor Local 114 members at Cascade Aerospace have been on a legal
strike since June 4. Unifor represents 440 aircraft maintenance
engineers (AMEs), interior technicians, painters, stores, maintenance,
planning clerks, sheet metal mechanics and other workers at the
Cascade Aerospace is the primary DND contractor for repair and overhaul
on the Hercules heavy transport plane fleet covering the Lockheed
Martin C130 E, H and the new J models. The Unifor workers also help the
firm repair commercial aircraft for firms such as CanJet and Lynden Air
Cargo and are currently working on two Lockheed Martin C130 cargo
planes for the Mexican government.
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:
please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@unifor.org