Hence Aerospace Canada | Hired, unionized… and fired

The logistics subsidiary of a French aircraft manufacturer will close its doors at the end of the year due to a lack of new orders. A closure that comes two years after he arrived in Montreal.

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Andre Dubuc

Andre Dubuc
The press

The logistics subsidiary of French aircraft manufacturer Kodiak and TBM, Folger Aerospace Canada, recently announced the layoff of most of its employees at its McArthur Street facility in the Saint-Laurent neighborhood of Montreal.

“Therefore Aerospace Canada is at the end of its contract. The activity will be suspended until December 31st. The company is working on further contracts. For this reason, the mass layoffs are proceeding,” said Christian Bilodeau, business representative for the Machinists’ Union members at Vom Aerospace Canada, over the phone.

The company didn’t call back The press.

Almost two years ago, the logistics division opened its doors in the greater Montreal area. A major recruitment campaign was launched in June 2021 with the aim of hiring 100 more employees.

The initiative was the subject of an advertorial in the newspaper Subway back then. We learned that Ursprung Aerospace Canada, which opened its logistics center in 2020, quickly hired 100 people. The task of the center was the receipt, processing and quality assurance of aviation parts for an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). This has been a recurring challenge for airlines and manufacturers, according to the company.

The origins of the family business go back to 1863. Therefore the 7 would bee Aircraft manufacturers in general and business aviation, according to its website. It also has an aeronautical equipment and systems division that acts as a subcontractor for Airbus, Eurocopter, Boeing and Bombardier. The company, headquartered in Orly, had worldwide sales of 1.1 billion euros (approximately 1.45 billion Canadian dollars) in 2021. The company is active in 13 countries.

An application for union certification for Folge Aérospatiale Canada employees in Saint-Laurent was submitted to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), local section 712, in February 2021. The first employment contract has been in force since July 2021.

The union had up to 150 members at Folge Aérospatiale Canada in Saint-Laurent.

I don’t think there are 121 people left today as we speak. We hope that Therefore will win new orders.

Christian Bilodeau, trade representative for Machinists’ Union members at Vom Aerospace Canada

The departures are staggered from August 12th to mid-December.

Employees were offered loyalty bonuses in order to be able to complete the contract. “Most of the affected workers will quickly move elsewhere because of the acute labor shortage. It’s not difficult to place people,” says the trade unionist.

In collaboration with William Leclerc, The press

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