IMP Aerospace Strike

September 12, 1997


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Bill 136
IMP Aerospace Strike

IMP Aerospace has made some serious mistakes in dealing with its unionized workers at it plants in Halifax. On August 25th, after months of futile bargaining by CAW local 2215, the 300 workers did what the company didn't think they would do.


Larry Wark
CAW Area Director, Atlantic Region



" I think what happened here is that the company in their wisdom decided to challenge the membership, cause they didn't believe that the people in that particular location would ever go on strike and of course they certainly miscalculated"

There are two main issues, wages and pension benefits. The Company offered a half a per cent wage hike a year, for three years, and nothing else. The union countered with a reasonable 2.5 per cent per year (a mere 50 cents an hour) and a one per cent increase in the RRSP based pension benefit.

Larry Wark
CAW Area Director, Atlantic Region
"They never even tried to counter back and say that look that's a bit too high with your COLA clause, here's what we find; is there a reasonable solution and we're going to deal with your pension question. None of that was there."

Senior management won't talk to the union negotiators but they have tried to convince individual picketers that the company offer was a fair one. The ploy hasn't worked and the union members solidarity is firm.

Larry Wark
CAW Area Director, Atlantic Region
"We have excellent support on the lines and I think that if we do this right and the membership sticks together. I mean, if this is a test of wills, then its one of those fights that you maybe have once every 20 years, and if you don't have it and do it right, than obviously future bargaining won't bode well for the membership."IMP has enjoyed nine years of labour peace, thanks to fair and reasonable contracts. The company is reporting ever increasing profits. This switch to a hard nose stance could come back to haunt them.






Larry Wark
CAW Area Director, Atlantic Region
"They just sort of precluded the fact that an environment that is a respectful one , and one that is basically harmonious isn't all that important, and again that is another serious serious error, that not just this company but a lot of companies make in bargaining, they forget that sooner or later the parties will be back in the workplace and then you have to live with each other."

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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