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“While Dassault and Airbus have withdrawn, Boeing and Saab have indicated that Canada’s new industrial requirements policy will not benefit taxpayers and the Canadian aerospace and defence industry,”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

The Machinists Union dissociates itself from the comments expressed by the government of Quebec

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The Machinists Union dissociates itself from the comments expressed by the government of Quebec

Quebec april 7 2017 – Over the past two days, the Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, Dominique Anglade, has attempted to justify her government’s position with respect to Bombardier. Continue reading

Statement of the IAMAW on the decision by Bombardier’s senior executives to put off their pay increases

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Statement of the IAMAW on the decision by Bombardier’s senior executives to put off their pay increases

The IAMAW welcomes the openness and flexibility demonstrated by Bombardier’s senior executives regarding the readjustments that were announced to their pay increases.
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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

Our governments must act to stop our collective impoverishment

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Our governments must act to stop our collective impoverishment
 

The FTQ and its affiliates unanimously adopted two resolutions proposed by IAMAW to combat offshoring and abusive outsourcing practices with the goal of PROMPTING both levels of government to implement concrete measures that will protect jobs and defend the manufacturing sector.
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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. ”

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The Union representing Air Canada employees are calling on the senate concerning Bill C- 10

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The Union representing Air Canada employees are calling on the senate concerning Bill C- 10

After having met with many federal Members of Parliament from all parties, and having made a presentation to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers (IAMAW) now turns to the Senate. Wishing to make obstacle to Bill C-10, which was introduced by the Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, Continue reading

Serge Cadieux, General Secretary of the QFL, warns the parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities of the dangers in passing Bill C- 10

Serge Cadieux, General Secretary of the QFL, warns the parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities of the dangers in passing Bill C- 10, An Act to amend the Air Canada Participation Act. This bill is a direct threat to the integrity of the aerospace industry in Canada and thousands of good jobs. The IAMAW will not let this happen in silence.

Just like the machinists union, Quebec wants to put the brakes on Bill C-10

 

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Just like the machinists union, Quebec wants to put the brakes on Bill C-10

Montreal April 21st 2016- According to the recent statements of the Quebec minister of the economy, Dominique Anglade, the Government of Quebec is concerned to see Bill C-10 adopted in haste by Ottawa because there are still no guarantees concerning the center of excellence and the purchase of the C-Series aircraft. Continue reading

Rushing Bill C-10 is Just Plain Wrong

“Canadians voted for change in the last election and we got change, our jobs are flying out of the country, what the hell is going on,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie.

Ritchie was reacting to news that Liberal MPs have closed debate and are speeding up passage of Bill C-10, the amendments to the Air Canada Public Participation Act…More

Letter to The Honourable Judy Sgro

Dear Ms. Sgro,

I am writing you on behalf of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.  We are the largest union at Air Canada, representing Air Canada’s maintenance workforce.  We also represented the workers at the now-defunct AVEOS, Air Canada’s spun-off heavy maintenance division.

We are greatly concerned by reports that the Minister of Transport is planning to amend the Air Canada Public Participation Act to remove Air Canada’s statutory obligation....more

200 jobs lost at Bell Helicopter, it’s time to stop the hemorrhage

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200 jobs lost at Bell Helicopter: It’s time to stop the hemorrhage.

Call to unity and mobilization

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers launches a call to unity and mobilization to all players in Canada’s aerospace industry as well as all levels of government. The time has come to join forces and protect the future of Canadian aerospace. Our governments must demonstrate leadership and put in place the necessary conditions for holding an aerospace Continue reading

Air Canada has the intention to stretch out the torment of ex-employees of Aveos

Air Canada has filed an application for leave to appeal

 The carrier has the intention to stretch out the torment of ex-employees of Aveos

 Montreal- After discussion with the Supreme courts registry Office, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) has learned that Air Canada has filed an application for leave to appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada on December 30th 2015.

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Pan-Canadian Aerospace Policy

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Pan-Canadian Aerospace Policy

The Machinists Union applauds the NDP initiative

Montreal- The N.D.P’s commitment towards the support and promotion of a pan-Canadian aerospace policy is breathing new life into the industry at time when the Canadian economy is in need of a helping hand from the government. Continue reading

L3-Com is certified by the office of the french language

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Local 712 francization committee at L3 -COM are proud to have received their francization certificate from the Quebec office of the French language on January 23rd, 2015.

Brother Stéphane Paré, Local 712 francization committee representative with employer and the office of the French language representatives receiving the certificate .
Brother Daniel Gilbert francization committee representative is missing in the picture below.

Certificat de francisation L3-COM

Le certificat de francisation de L3-COM (janv 2015)

Political Action E-Mail #6

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Hello members of local 712,

Over the course of summer the social and political activities have been rather quiet at the local. Autumn is shaping up to being quite the opposite:  Mobilization is needed…

 

The people’s social forum was held in Ottawa from August 21st to 24th. It was the first time that the French, English and Native community met to set a common goal:  converge to defeat the austerity policies of the Conservative government by means of electoral defeat. Seven members of local lodge 712 attended the forum. On August 21st the forum began with a march on parliament hill in Ottawa, Local lodge 712 had Continue reading

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Juripop and Local 712 of the Machinists Union and the Quebec Council of Machinists have joined forces for Access to Justice

Montreal May 8, 2014 – The Legal Clinic Juripop and the Machinists Union Local 712 are pleased to announce their new partnership for the 2014-2015 year. It aims to promote access to justice for its members and to raise awareness of their rights and obligations. Continue reading

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