Bombardier | The offer is accepted and the strike is avoided

The specter of a strike has faded at Bombardier since 1,800 Québec workers at the planemaker accepted the employer’s latest offer of wage increases of 18.5% over five years.

Posted at 7:51 p.m

Julian Arsenal

Julian Arsenal
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At the end of the vote, which lasted until 7pm on Wednesday, the proposal received the support of around 73.4% of workers represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW). The participation rate was 80.3%.

“Despite the fact that the offer was accepted, Bombardier must work over the next five years to regain workers’ trust and restore a sense of belonging,” said petty union spokesman Eric Rancourt in a press release.

This outcome puts an end to more than nine months of talks between the two parties – a process ended by a day of work stoppage on March 13.

In a brief statement, the company said it was “satisfied with the outcome of the vote.”

The 1,800 employees, whose wage agreement expired last December, assemble the Challenger business jets in Dorval. They also work at the Montreal plant in the Saint-Laurent neighborhood, where parts like the Global 7500 cockpit are made.

The first so-called final offer was rejected on June 11. An indefinite general strike would have been called if IAMAW members had again said no to their employer. The main points of contention were the duration of the collective agreement, wages, subcontracting and the indexation of old-age pensions.

“Beyond salaries, we have sought to seek guarantees that no tasks will be outsourced for the next five years, in addition to providing work for our members,” added Mr Rancourt.

For the first year of the employment contract, employees are entitled to a salary increase of 6.5% retroactive to December 4, 2021.

A labor dispute broke out at the Downsview plant in Toronto last summer when 1,200 Unifor workers went on strike. Production of the Global 7500, the aircraft manufacturer’s spearhead, had been suspended for a few days.

On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier Class B shares fell 3.54%, or 85 cents, on Wednesday to close at $23.16. The aircraft manufacturer had received the green light for a share split on June 13.

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  • 23%
    The workers involved in the negotiations represent almost a quarter of Bombardier’s 8,000 workers in Quebec.

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