St. Laurent Workers Join Machinists

Sixty-eight employees at Kuehne & Nagel in St. Laurent have joined the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

“Internal disputes with the employer was the major reason the workers approached the Machinists for representation,” said Robert Savoie, IAMAW District 140 Organizer.

“Everything happened very quickly,” explained Savoie. “The total number of cards required were signed within ten days. They were very determined to have quality representation.”

The St. Laurent facility, a global logistics and customs forwarding warehouse, is the first of the company’s three Montreal area operations to be unionized.

The newest members of IAM Local 2309 perform outsourcing for clients such as Flextronics-Nortel Networks. They receive parts from various suppliers, inspect them, fill out the necessary customs and shipping documents and send them to customers worldwide.