Replacement of Canadian CF-18 fighter jets. Jobs and 30 years of Quebec expertise in repairing and maintaining fighter jets in play.

Montreal, September 3, 2019 – For the Machinists Union, the Airbus’ withdrawal from the tender for the replacement of The Canadian CF-18’s raises several questions.

“Usually, to protect our aerospace industry and create jobs, Canada requires bidders to invest as much money in products and activities in Canada as they have received in Military contracts. In bowing to pressure from the Trump administration to seek concessions on the Canadian content clause to keep the F-35 in the race, it is worth asking whether Ottawa really acted in the best interests of Canadians,” asks the Quebec coordinator of the Machinists’ Union David Chartrand.

After Dassault’s withdrawal, Airbus became the second company to withdraw from the tender. Both manufacturers had stated publicly that if they were to get the contract to manufacture the 88 fighter jets, they would invest in our aerospace industry, which did not seem to convince the Canadian government since they are no longer part of the race.

“While Dassault and Airbus have withdrawn, Boeing and Saab have indicated that Canada’s new industrial requirements policy will not benefit taxpayers and the Canadian aerospace and defence industry,” said David Chartrand.  If the F-35 were to win, then we are entitled to ask ourselves what will happen to the 600 or so workers at L3-Harris in Mirabel who are currently engaged in CF-18 maintenance. Will the maintenance of the next fighters still take place in Quebec? What will be the real benefits?  Who will benefit? Right now, we have nothing to base ourselves on. It’s hard not to be worried about so much uncertainty. We will follow the situation closely and demand that manufacturing and maintenance activities of the next fighter aircraft take place in Quebec. »

By being one of the partner countries for the development of the F-35, an agreement ensures that Canada cannot demand economic benefits as a precondition for purchasing the aircraft. In addition, Canada has invested more than $500 million in the F-35 program over the past 20 years, including $54 million in 2018.

“The logic is simple, the more companies that participate in a tender, the more likely it is that the competition will be strong and that it is possible to negotiate more interesting benefits for Canada.

Every country does it, why not us. In this case, we are moving from three to two players when the information we have suggests that other bidders might withdraw from the race and that the rules were made to favour one Fighter at the expense of others. The government must prioritize the interests of the country and our aerospace industry so that the jobs and expertise of L3-Harris workers in Mirabel are preserved and the significant economic benefits announced are there at the end of the day,” concludes David Chartrand.

Order of 60 A220-300 Aircraft by Jet Blue good news for Québec

Washington, July 10, 2018- “This order puts us in a good position to secure the jobs of Quebec aerospace workers,” said IAM Quebec coordinator David Chartrand. “Even though the confirmation of the change in the name of the program (The name of the C-Series -300 was changed to A220-300 on July 10th by Airbus which officially took majority stake in the C-series program at the beginning of the month) has made us feel really sick, the bottom line is that the order book for this device allows us to keep and create good jobs in aerospace in Quebec.”

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The Machinists ‘ Union (IAMAW) is not surprised by the decision

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Anti-dumping duty of 79, 82 % against the C-series

U.S. Department of Commerce attacks our aerospace industry again

Montreal, October 6, 2017– The Machinists ‘ Union (IAMAW) is not surprised by the decision of the United States Continue reading

Statement by David Chartrand, Québec coordinator of the IAMAW and vice-president of the FTQ, regarding the departure of Pierre Beaudoin

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Statement by David Chartrand, Québec coordinator of the IAMAW and vice-president of the FTQ, regarding the departure of Pierre Beaudoin

Montréal – “The announced departure of Pierre Beaudoin as executive chairman on June 30th will in no way solve the underlying problem of the indecent compensation paid to business leaders Continue reading

Statement from the International Association of Machinists and workers of the aerospace (IAMAW) about the situation at Bombardier

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MONTREAL, April 2, 2017- the IAMAW has let its position be known concerning the wage increases of Bombardier’s leadership since their announcement last Wednesday. We reiterate that we will express our displeasure to the representatives of the company in due time during the next rounds of negotiations.

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Non-unionized employees at Bombardier in the process of organizing themselves with the IAMAW


Unhappy with the state of the relationship with their employer, non union workers in the Bombardier offices have taken steps with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers (IAMAW) to join their ranks. The un-organized workforce holding various positions throughout all Bombardier Aerospace sites in the greater Montreal area have had enough.

More and more office workers consider that they are not being treated fairly by Bombardier. Anger and frustration are currently at their highest and employees have decided to take their future in hand by joining the IAMAW to establish a climate of justice and respect in their relations with the employer. Continue reading

All efforts will be made In order to save the 454 jobs at Mondelez

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All efforts will be made In order to save the 454 jobs at Mondelez

Montreal, December 4th 2016- Representatives from the QFL, the IAMAW and the BCTGM have met this afternoon with Dominique Anglade Minister of economy, Science and Innovation and François Blais. Minister of employment the discussions focused on the options that are available to the different actors to encourage Mondelez to maintain activities in its plant in Montreal. Continue reading

I.A.M.A.W. statement :Quebec loses 454 good jobs at Mondelez

I.A.M.A.W. statement following the announced closure of the Mondelez plant in Montreal

Quebec loses 454 good jobs

This unexpected news struck the 454 Mondelez workers with full force. The I.A.M.A.W. has difficulty understanding the situation.

“We are officially in solution mode. We will soon sit down with the employer to evaluate the alternatives that are available to us”, explains Pierre Grenier, the Quebec I.A.M.A.W. Director who represents workers at Mondelez. We will work hard in the coming weeks to save jobs and find a solution that will benefit our members. ”

At this stage, the union places part of the blame on the Provincial Liberal gove Continue reading