VANCOUVER, June 13, 2014 /CNW/ - A judge has upheld the right of
striking workers at Cascade Aerospace to picket their Abbotsford
employer in a dispute over equal benefits for young workers.
"This judgement confirms workers have a legal right to establish picket
lines across driveways at their job site and peacefully communicate the
issues of the dispute," said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor's BC area
director. "Regardless, the best route to ending this dispute is at the
bargaining table, not in the courts. We will continue our legal picket
line to protect the benefits of the next generation of Cascade
Unifor Local 114 members at Cascade Aerospace have been on a legal
strike since June 4. Two days into the strike, the company sought an
injunction to restrict picket lines and prevent picketers from
communicating with vehicles entering the worksite, but a judge
dismissed the application.
"Thanks to Cascade Aerospace and IMP Group, we spent a week in court
instead of a week at the bargaining table. I hope now we can get back
to negotiations and end the strike with an agreement that benefits
everyone," said McGarrigle.
Wednesday in Halifax, where Cascade Aerospace's owner IMP Group is
based, supporters rallied to urge the company to get back the
bargaining table and stop the use of back-up labourers on high tech
The company has come under fire since the beginning of the strike for
deploying back-up labourers to do the work of striking engineers and
technicians. Concession bargaining and replacement workers are new
aggressive tactics that have only been introduced since the purchase of
Cascade Aerospace by Halifax-based IMP Group in 2012.
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.
With more than 300,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the
For further information:
please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@unifor.org