Judgement of the U.S. Department of Commerce: we will have to continue the fight

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

Press release


Montreal, September 26, 2017- The machinists  union denounces the judgement rendered by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The imposition of a countervailing duty of 220% is a protectionist and dangerous measure for the stability of the aerospace industry. It is not based on any damage or prejudice to Boeing.Today we were entitled to political rather than a legal decision. In doing so, the U.S. International Trade Commission sends the message that it has no consideration for the 7 000 workers of Bombardier. We will hope for a reversal of the situation, but I have a strong impression that the dice were loaded. Imposing a countervailing duty of 220% it’s madness. Boeing’s representatives are acting like Bullies by manipulating American laws and taking advantage of Washington’s penchant for protectionism to close the US market to the CSeries. If for the Americans NAFTA is dead, we should be told right away. Those who have chosen this strategy and those who have made this decision do not seem to realize that they are likely to complicate the the financial security of thousands of North American families and jeopardize jobs on both sides of the Border. “

Another proof of the inefficiency of NAFTA

“After Soft wood lumber, we have new evidence that we do not have the right method to properly resolve our trade conflicts,” says machinists Québec coordinator  David Chartrand But what is this agreement worth? What are the chapters on conflict settlements worth when unilateral decisions can be made to close borders selectively. Since the start of NAFTA 23 years ago, economic trade has changed. In aerospace and other sectors, multinational companies have been betting on the expansion and interdependence of their supply chain across the Continent in order to lower their production costs and remain competitive. This means that we can no longer see trade conflicts in the same way and we can no longer play the game of protectionism. We have to stop playing the ostrich and take advantage of the renegotiation of NAFTA to address this problem. “It is necessary to ensure that a company can no longer threaten the financial security of several thousand families,” concludes David Chartrand.

We represent more than 40,000 Canadian workers in air transport and a wide range of manufacturing including aircraft, auto parts, autobuses, aerospace, electronics, light and heavy machinery, tools and appliances. We are the largest airport security screeners union in Canada. The IAM also represents a growing number of workers in the health care and hospitality sectors as well as office, technical and other white collar workers.