June 29, 2012

Volume 42, No. 25

Job Security Key Issue in Bombardier Ratification

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.

CAW Applauds Call for Canadian Made Search and Rescue Fleet

The CAW is commending the Rideau Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' joint call for  the federal government to a adopt a transparent, objective, made-in-Canada solution to the country's need for a new Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) fleet.
The report Search and Replace: The Case for a Made-in-Canada Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Fleet is in response to the recent news that the Treasury Board has granted "first-phase approval" of $3.8 billion for new search-and-rescue planes.
"When a major project like the FWSAR replacement takes place, it is crucial that the government look to Canadian-made options first," said CAW Aerospace Director Dawn Cartwright. "Investing Canadian tax dollars in Canadian equipment and jobs is simply a smart way for governments to use public funds."

Cartwright also agreed that improved transparency throughout the process would go a long way in keeping public confidence in the project.
Requirements for the replacement FWSAR fleet could be drafted this summer, and finalized by the fall.
For more information on the report or to download a copy, please visit: http://www.rideauinstitute.ca/searchandreplace/ 


EMC Action Employment Centre Grand Opening

CAW Local 27 President Tim Carrie speaks at the official opening of the EMC Employment Action Centre.




The EMC Employment Action Centre is a reassuring page in Caterpillar's tale of corporate greed and worker disregard. The "Grand Opening" on June 22 in London, Ontario provided the opportunity to celebrate the centre's support and its member's camaraderie and solidarity. The centre will provide job search assistance, referrals to appropriate
community agencies and a link to Employment Ontario services for the 481 workers that were impacted by the closure of Caterpillar's Electro-Motive facility in London, Ontario on February 3 this year.
Bob Scott, Action Centre Coordinator and a group of Peer Helpers welcomed and provided lunch for close to one hundred guests.
Irene Mathyssen, London-Fanshawe NDP MP, highlighted the workers skills and contributions to the community and reminded the workers that the centre means they are not alone.
Teresa Armstrong, NDP MPP for London-Fanshawe, hopes the centre will be a step forward as the workers move on. She reminded the workers that they stood together on the picket line and they stand together at the Action Centre.
Fergo Berto, CAW Area Director, extended greetings from CAW National President Ken Lewenza and CAW National Secretary Treasurer Peter Kennedy and congratulated the committee for the work they are doing.
Tim Carrie, President of CAW Local 27 recognized the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities and the United Way for their contribution to the EMC Action Centre. Carrie drew attention to the connection between good jobs and a healthy community.
The EMC Action Centre can be reached at: 519-951-6948 or by email at bscott@emcemploymentactioncentre.com


Canada's Aerospace Industry Needs Strengthened Federal Government Action, CAW says

The CAW is warning that without renewed federal government leadership Canada's aerospace industry is heading for a stall and a vastly diminished role in this high-tech, global industry.
"This technology-intensive, export-oriented industry makes a unique contribution to a better role for Canada in the world economy," said CAW President Ken Lewenza in a submission released June 28 to the federal government's Aerospace Review. "We can't take this sector for granted," Lewenza said.
Canada's successful aerospace industry is a living example of the wisdom of pro-active industrial policy efforts by government, Lewenza said. But the future is uncertain: Canada has lost 13,000 aerospace manufacturing jobs in the last decade, or one out of four. And our international trade performance has deteriorated: as recently as 2003 Canada had a $4.9 billion aerospace trade surplus - by 2011 that had been cut by 60%.
As other leading aerospace manufacturing jurisdictions including the EU, Japan and Brazil continue to strengthen investments in the industry, and as governments in emerging aerospace nations such as Mexico and China work to aggressively capture a greater share of the global market, Canada needs to do more, the submission highlights.
The 10-page CAW submission highlights six areas for strengthening government involvement in aerospace manufacturing. These recommendations include:
. maximizing Canadian content, spin-off benefits and production offsets arising from procurement of military and civilian aircraft.  The CAW has termed the massive F-35 jet fighter procurement as misguided and called for any contract to guarantee dollar-for-dollar investment in Canada. The CAW is also calling for the replacement contract for aging search and rescue aircraft to be awarded to a Canadian company;
. using government research and development and investment support to ensure that key product development programs and production are undertaken in Canada;
. addressing Canada's trade imbalance by demanding reciprocity in foreign trade: Europe, Asia and Brazil must accept imports of our aerospace products in return for our purchases of their products;
To read the CAW's full submission to the aerospace review please visit: http://www.caw.ca/en/11312.htm


Summer of Pride

Show your support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members and LGBT rights this summer at pride events across the country. Join CAW members at LGBT pride picnics, parades and other fun events.  All LGBT people, allies and supporters welcome!
 For more information, please visit:   http://www.caw.ca/en/9195.htm 


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