Boeing Future Strengthened

July 14, 1998


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Boeing Future Strengthened
dated July 14, 1998

Boeing Future Strengthened
The CAW is mobilizing its resources to assure the future of the Boeing aerospace manufacturing plant in Toronto. A working group, similar to the one that saved the DeHavilland plant, has been set up to bring new work to the Toronto area plant which Boeing had purchased from McDonnell Douglas.

Jerry Dias
CAW National Aerospace Coordinator
"The only way to make meaningful decisions and to have proper input on this facility is to have everybody at the table, talking about the process. You need all levels of government talking about what the issues are, talking about the impact this facility has on the economics of the nation. It is only with all of the stake holders present that you are going to be able to get the governments to recognize what they have to do at the end of the day."

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion has already agreed to play a key role in the working group.

Jerry Dias
CAW National Aerospace Coordinator

"Her office has had dialogue with the various governments and they clearly understand that they are going to have to get involved in this adventure. It is in the initial phases but it is clearly going to happen."

Recognizing the difficult situation facing the Boeing Toronto facility, the membership of CAW Locals 1967 and 673 on May 21st authorized the bargaining committee to negotiate the renewal agreement. The new agreement was negotiated and approved months before the current agreement was due to expire and the traditional round of collective bargaining was due to get underway.

Jerry Dias
CAW National Aerospace Coordinator
"The proposal for us is a very good proposal. We are going to keep our COLA running for the next three years. We have the same pension increases that we negotiated three years ago which were the best ever negotiated in this facility.

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The timing of the deal was critical. Boeing is deciding, by mid August, what plants it's going to close down. By negotiating now, instead of in October when the current contract expires, the CAW has put three years of labour stability into the equation.

Dias says the new contract and the efforts of the working group are focused on getting new Boeing work into the plant.


Jerry Dias
CAW National Aerospace Coordinator
"The emphasis is clearly on bringing in aerospace work, bringing in Boeing work. There is a lot of work that goes into the variety of products that Boeing uses, and this plant has the capabilities to do whatever they need done. So the focus is really on Boeing and getting Boeing to put additional work in the plant."


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