Bombardier and Unifor Toronto agreement
By Wings Staff
Bombardier has reached three-year collective bargaining agreements with the more than 2,100 production and office workers, represented by Unifor Locals 112 and 673, respectively, at its Downsview site in Toronto, Ont.
By Wings Staff
“We believe the strength and long-term potential of the Toronto site resides with our people – an experienced, dedicated and skilled workforce… The agreements we have reached are good for our employees as well as the future of aerospace manufacturing in Ontario,” said Graham Kelly, VP, global operations and Toronto site, Bombardier.
Bombardier describes its Toronto site as an important engineering and research and development facility, and home to a 24/7 customer support centre for Bombardier aircraft. Employees at the Toronto site assemble the Q400 turboprop airliner, and the Global 5000, Global 5500, Global 6000, Global 6500 and Global 7500 business jets. The company explains the ratified agreements will aid in the future of its new site at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
“Unifor members at both locals 112 and 673 identified job security as their key priority for this round of bargaining,” said Jerry Dias Unifor national president. “By strengthening job commitment language, this contract will provide members with greater job security for the future.”
The three-year contracts for both Unifor locals include wage increases in each year at a rate of 0.5 per cent in the first year, 0.75 per cent in the second year and one per cent in the final year of the contract. The newly ratified agreements expire on June 23, 2021. The contracts also include enhancements to dental benefits, pension increases, and a retirement incentive program.
“With so much economic and political uncertainty in the aerospace sector, the bargaining committee was committed and successful in negotiating better working conditions for members,” said Scott McIlmoyle, president of Unifor Local 112.
Headquartered in Montreal, QC, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services. The company has more than 69,500 employees.