New Deal at Boeing in Winnipeg

January 24, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

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CAW Local 2169 members at Boeing Aerospace have ratified a new agreement by 87 per cent. The new deal was reached on January 18 and ratified on January 20.

"In this round of negotiations, we were able to secure a new program that will solidify hundreds of jobs at the facility," said CAW Assistant to the National President Jerry Dias.

The new deal includes a $5,000 signing bonus and a 10% wage increase over the four year term.

The local union went into early negotiations with the intention of securing new investment.  The investment will go towards setting up a new production line for work for the 737 airplane.

CAW Local 2169 President Tim Cathro said that this was the first time the local has entered early bargaining in recent memory and the committee was pleased with the result. "I think this is an exceptional deal for our members," said Cathro. "We weren't sure how early negotiations would go, but in the end, it went quite well. We're very happy with the agreement we could bring back for our members." 

"This new agreement ensures future work here in Winnipeg," said Winnipeg Area Director Tom Murphy. "Today, there aren't very many places that can say they have six years work."

CAW Local 2169 represents 1,200 members at Boeing Canada, in small parts fabrication - including the forward strut which attaches the motor to the wing, and the fairing, attaching the wing to the body of the airplane. 

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