CAW Ratifies Pratt & Whitney Contract

Longueuil, Quebec

December 16, 2001


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CAW Ratifies Pratt & Whitney Contract
CAW Ratifies Pratt & Whitney Contract
dated December 16, 2001

Longueuil, Quebec

       Continued solidarity by CAW Local 510 members resulted in a new three year agreement for the 2700 production and skilled trades workers at the Pratt and Whitney plant in Longueuil, Quebec, south of Montreal. The members voted 77 per cent in favour of the new contract.
       CAW national president, Buzz Hargrove, said the agreement sets a standard for the Canadian aerospace industry.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "I believe it sets a standard in Quebec and across Canada that says to the workers, and a strong message to the employers that, yes we are in tough times but the workers didn't create the tough times and we are determined and we are absolutely entitled to make progress on our pensions, our wages, our benefits and our working conditions."

       CAW Quebec Director, Luc Desnoyers, said the contract brings job stability to the plant.

Luc Desnoyers
CAW Quebec Director

       "The most important thing as far as we are concerned is the right to sit with the company and try to minimize all the layoffs and minimize the impact on workers and their families."

       Despite the impact of September 11th on the economy, especially in the aerospace industry, plant chair Camille Larochelle, said major gains were made in wages.

Camille Larochelle
Local 510 Plant Chair

       "As I was saying, despite everything, at the end of the contract, we did succeed in getting the employer to give us good wage increases, which should amount to about 9.5%, including the cost of living, over three years. Given the current economic conditions, I think that these are good wage increases."

       In addition to improved wages, dramatic gains were made in the area of pensions.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "Our belief, brothers and sisters, is we tried to deal with the difficult issue of job security and tough times, that by putting a good agreement together, it would encourage the senior people to look at retiring and get out side the workplace and enjoy life while the junior people would remain at work instead of being laid off."

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