CAW Members Ratify New Three Year Agreements with Bombardier Aerospace

June 25, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

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CAW members who work at Bombardier's de Havilland facility in Downsview, Ontario have ratified two new collective agreements that provide wage, benefit and pension gains as well as retirement incentives.

CAW Local 112 represents 1,800 production and skilled trades workers at the aerospace facility. They voted 87 per cent in favour of the agreement.

CAW Local 673 represents 450 office, technical and professional workers who overall voted 70 per cent in favour of the agreement at a meeting June 24.

The new agreements provide an increase of more than seven per cent in average earnings, including projected cost of living allowance, over the three years. They also provide a 9.7 per cent increase in basic pension, two separate increases in current retirees' pensions, as well as several improvements in benefits.

Jerry Dias, Assistant to the CAW President, said protecting job security was key to reaching an agreement.

"In addition to the strong economic package, the most important issue was preservation of our job security clause," Dias said. "Solid job security protections are not only crucial to our members, but also to the future well being of our members' families and the communities where they live."

CAW Local 112 Plant Chairperson Merv Gray said: "in today's tough economic climate we continued to make progress in terms of pensions, wages and benefits. We have protected the future for current workers and helped laid off members return to work as well as create new jobs with the assembly of the Global 7000/8000 jet," Gray said.

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