TORONTO, June 28, 2015 /CNW/ - Members of two Unifor locals working at
Bombardier Aerospace in Downsview ratified new collective agreements
with the company this morning, enhancing their pensions and job
"This deal represents a significant gain for our members in a difficult
time for the business jet market," said Scott McIlmoyle, President of
Unifor Local 112.
The new contracts cover members of Unifor Local 112 who work in
production at the plant, as well as members of Unifor Local 673 who
work in technical office and clerical positions.
"The company looked for significant cost reductions from our members,
but we kept bargaining past the deadline to reach this deal," said Mary
Ellen McIlmoyle, President of Unifor Local 673.
Wage improvements were achieved for both locals in each of the second
and third year of the agreements at 1 and 1.25 percent respectively.
The new contracts expire on June 22, 2018.
Under the new collective agreements, contract workers, known as
complimentary workers at the plant, will be made permanent. Pension
increases were also achieved in both agreements in addition to a
retirement incentive program. "Early retirement initiatives will create
employment opportunities for young people and will help offset recent
layoff announcements at the facility," said Dawn Cartwright, Unifor
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing
more than 305,000 workers including 11,000 in the aerospace industry.
It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers
and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union merged.
For further information:
Unifor Communications National Representative Stuart Laidlaw at Stuart.Laidlaw@Unifor.org or (cell) 647-385-4054.