Negotiations at Bombardier | An accepted offer or a strike for 1,800 employees

(Montreal) Bombardier will not go any further after upgrading its final offer to 1,800 of its Quebec workers, according to the union that represents them. If the proposal is rejected on Wednesday, an indefinite general strike will be called.

Posted at 12:03 p.m
Updated at 1:12 p.m

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The International Federation of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) detailed the main lines of the final bid presented by the Quebec aircraft manufacturer last Friday.

The union told its members on Monday that the manufacturer had upped the proposed increase to 6.5% at the end of the first year of the employment contract, which is valid for a five-year period. The maximum salary increase during this period is 18.5%.

“If the offer were to be rejected, this would automatically lead to the triggering of an indefinite general strike, since the employer has made it clear that he will not improve his offer,” emphasizes letter 712, signed by section president Christian Bertrand and commercial agent Éric Rancourt.

Previously, the multinational offered an increase of $1.85 per hour for the first year of employment and 3% for the following two years. In the last two years, the increases should be between 1.5% and 2.5%.

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IAMAW does not comment on the substance of the proposal. She says she wants to give her members “free choice.” They assemble Challenger business jets in Dorval and work at the Montreal plant in the Saint-Laurent neighborhood, where parts like the cockpit of the Global 7500 – Bombardier’s flagship – are made.

The vote will take place on Wednesday. The contract for the 1,800 workers involved in the negotiations expired last December. Exceptionally, Bombardier’s President and CEO, Éric Martel, attended the meeting between the employer and IAMAW.

“Both sides showed respect and it was a cordial conversation,” company spokeswoman Anna Cristofaro said in an email last Friday.

Whether Bombardier has an emergency plan in case of a prolonged strike was not said on Monday. There had already been a strike by IAMAW members on June 13, but negotiations between the two parties resumed the next day.

In July 2020, the 1,200 workers at the Toronto Downsview factory represented by Unifor went on strike for a few days. Production of the Global 7500 – Bombardier’s flagship – had been temporarily halted.

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