WINNIPEG, June 18, 2011 /CNW/ - Production and skilled trades workers at
the Boeing aerospace facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba have overwhelmingly
ratified a new three-year collective agreement with the company today.
Workers voted 95 per cent in favour of the settlement that sees wage
increases in each year as well as contract language improvements,
benefit advances and keeps cost of living payments intact, among other
For the union, the most significant victory is the protection of the
current defined benefit pension plan. Despite aggressive company
demands to install a new defined contribution plan (a more insecure
plan model) for new hires, the union bargaining committee refused to
give in, said Jerry Dias, Assistant to the CAW National President,
"Maintaining our pension plan at Boeing signals an important win not
just for our members but for workers across the country," Dias said.
"Employers have targeted pensions as the next frontier for cost-savings.
Not only does this jeopardize future generations, it'll further
destabilize Canada's middle class. By keeping the bar set high, we've
made strides in this contract in the fight to preserve retirement
security for everyone."
According to Dias, Boeing has instituted defined contribution plans for
workers in all but two of its facilities in North America over the past
years. Winnipeg is one of those two facilities.
The agreement was reached between the union and company yesterday
evening, hours before a midnight strike deadline.
Plant chairperson Carmen LeDarney credited the bargaining committee for
holding the line on issues vitally important to the membership.
"The important gains we made in this round of talks are a testament to
the hard work and dedication of our bargaining team," LeDarney said.
CAW represents over 1000 workers at the Boeing facility who are members
of Local 2169. The workers manufacture composite aircraft parts for the
entire Boeing line of commercial airplanes.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers
For further information:
CAW Assistant to the President Jerry Dias (416) 315-1576; or Angelo DiCaro, CAW Communications (416) 606-6311