IAM Local Lodge 1758 in Montreal, Quebec (QC), Canada is welcoming 30 new members from DCM Aéronautique in Boisbriand, QC, and National Precision in Montreal.
The 20 aerospace workers from DCM members consist of painters, assemblers and machinists. The workers specialize in custom tooling and manufacture aircraft parts for various aerospace companies such as Bombardier and Embraer.
“These workers were looking for respect from their employer and they weren’t getting it,” explained IAM District Lodge 11 Directing Business Representative David Chartrand. “They chose the Machinists because they wanted someone to represent their workplace concerns to the employer. Simply put, they were tired of having their issues ignored.”
The 10 workers at National Precision consist of welders and machinists. They have elected a negotiating committee and will soon begin to negotiate their first contract.
“Health and Safety issues were the main reasons these workers sought protection and representation with the Machinists,” explained Hélène Fréchette, IAMAW District Lodge 11 Organizer. “Once these workers had a chance to talk with IAMAW District 11 Business Representative Pierre Brisebois, Luc Morasse, President of Local Lodge 1758 and other lodge officers, their choice to join the Machinists was very clear.”