Bombardier employees have agreed to collaborate on the revival of the company

Bombardier employees have agreed to collaborate on the revival of the company

 

Montreal,November 1st 2015, Bombardier employees have voted 92.2% in favor of their next collective agreement this Sunday at a filled to capacity Palais des Congres in Montreal.

 

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers (I.A.M.A.W.) have accepted a pact which will bind them to their employer for the next four years.

The workers of bombardier will not have a raise in the first year of their contract while having their deductions for their retirement plan increased. ‘’ We have made the choice of making certain compromises for advancing the aerospace industry and to secure the defined pension plan. We hope that in return our employer is conscientious ‘’ explained David Chartrand, Quebec coordinator of the I.A.M.A.W.

 

That being said, the workers of Bombardier represented by the I.A.M.A.W. will see an increase of 6% over the duration of the contract.

 

Furthermore, despite the increase in deductions, their retirement will remain as a defined plan which is becoming increasingly rare in today’s workplaces.’’ We have worked hard with our employer to conserve certain gains. Our retirement plan remains one of the best and our collective insurance is very competitive. We are proud of what we have accomplished given today’s context’’ proclaimed Local Lodge 712 President Yvon Paiement

An agreement which leaves nobody on the outside

The negotiation committee paid special attention to temporary workers, who have seen their working conditions and benefits improved thus providing greater stability.’’We have improved and made insurance coverage accessible while increasing stability for temporary workers. It is our duty, with each and every negotiation to increase working conditions of all workers regardless of their work status, we must reduce inequalities.’’ said Christian Bertrand, President of the grievance Committee of Local Lodge 712.

 

The I.A.M.A.W represents over 4700 workers at Bombardier.

In Quebec the I.A.M.A.W has 15 000 members, with over 50 000 in Canada of which 16 000 in the aerospace and air transport industry making it the largest Aerospace Union in the world by representing more than 800 000 members across North America.