VICTORIA, BC, Jan. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Auto Workers union
(CAW) served 72 hour strike notice today at the bargaining table with
Viking Air. The union has now set a strike deadline for 12:00 noon on
Thursday, January 19.
"The skilled workers at Viking Air have been patiently waiting for well
over a year for a new contract that addresses wages, benefits and job
security issues," said CAW National Representative Gavin McGarrigle.
"The union reached a new contract with Cascade Aerospace in Abbotsford
last year without any disruption and that pattern should work for
Viking Air as well," he added.
The workers at Viking Air voted 94 per cent in favour of strike action
on October 28, 2011.
"We're going to work hard in bargaining this week to reach a fair deal
as a strike at Viking Air will completely disrupt production and
further delay deliveries of many new Twin Otter aircraft that are
already behind schedule," said McGarrigle.
The current collective agreement expired on October 31, 2010 and the
parties will continue to bargain all week in Sidney, BC, starting
Viking Air (www.vikingair.com) is an aircraft manufacturing and repair firm based on Vancouver Island
near Sidney, British Columbia. Viking is re-starting production of the
famed de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft. With the new product,
Viking will be the only manufacturer of complete aircraft in western
Canada; the firm has also opened a satellite facility in Calgary,
Alberta to deal with the expansion.
CAW Local 114 (www.cawlocal114.com) currently represents a bargaining unit of 270 workers at Viking Air
including aircraft mechanics, machinists, sheet metal mechanics,
painters, welders, stores persons and labourers.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
Gavin McGarrigle, National Representative at (778) 668-6455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org