ABBOTSFORD, BC, May 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor has served 72-hour notice of
legal job action on behalf of its 440 members at Cascade Aerospace late
yesterday. A strike will commence if agreement on the outstanding
issues cannot be reached by Wednesday, June 4 at 11 a.m.
A strike by Unifor members at the Abbotsford plant will bring work to a
halt and impact important customers and the local economy.
"Our bargaining committee has made every attempt to reach a fair
agreement over months of negotiations," said Nate Shier, Plant
Chairperson for Unifor Local 114. "We will simply not accept massive
concessions at a company as profitable as Cascade."
This is the first round of bargaining under the new ownership of
Halifax-based IMP Group. In the last round of bargaining, Cascade
workers were able to bargain an agreement without even taking a strike
vote. Unifor Local 114's current agreement expired on March 30, 2014
and this time the workers voted 98% in favour of strike action on May
"The IMP approach at Cascade Aerospace is the same story we see from far
too many greedy employers today—they acquire new companies, reap
rewards from the skilled workers, and then demand massive concessions,"
said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor's BC Area Director. "Skilled aerospace
workers are in high demand. Treating them unfairly while rolling back
benefits will only cause conflict that disrupts production," he added.
Abbotsford-based Cascade Aerospace is the primary DND contractor for
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 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 Local 114 represents a bargaining unit of 440 workers at Cascade
Aerospace, including aircraft maintenance engineers (AMEs), interior
technicians, painters, stores, maintenance, planning clerks and sheet
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
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For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@unifor.org