Hard bargaining by Local 423 in Montreal, Quebec, produced a new four-year collective agreement and saved 22 jobs at Goodrich Engine Control Systems.
“This was a tough set of negotiations,” said District Lodge 11 Business Representative Pierre Brisebois. “There were several discussions with the top management of the company and we were able to obtain a $2,000 premium for nine members who were laid off while keeping the jobs for 22 of our members.”
The four-year agreement provides for a $2,000 lump sum payment in the second year and wage increases of two per cent in the third and fourth year respectively. The agreement also provides a three-day pre-retirement course paid by the employer.
The members manufacture, repair and overhaul a wide range of aircraft engine accessories including fuel pumps, fuel controls, air valves, actuators and flow dividers. Major clients include Air Canada, American Airlines, Rolls Royce, Bombardier and the Canadian Armed Forces.