Local 1209 members, working at Delastek in Grand-Mère, Quebec ended a strike which began on April 1, 2015 and lasted nearly three years in March.
“These workers stood up against a powerful company and they persevered,” said Renaud Gagné, Québec Director. “We are inspired by their strength during difficult times.”
Members of the Local extended their thanks for all of the solidarity support during the battle against Delastek. Read the thank you letter from Local 1209 here.
This was one of the longest labour disputes in Québec, it lasted two years, 11 months and eight days. The primary dispute was over a division of work between production, covered by the collective agreement, and research and development, which is not part of the bargaining unit. Unifor argued that workers in research and development performed production work, which had the effect of extending the strike.
Despite Québec’s anti-scab laws, Delastek, a subcontractor in the aerospace industry, was able to continue its operations. This protracted conflict highlights the lack of effectiveness and teeth in Quebec’s anti-strike-breaker law. The union also criticized companies with Delastek contracts that failed to respect the strike and apply greater political pressure on Delastek. Nevertheless, the labour movement, and specifically Unifor locals, kept the pressure on the company and helped end the strike to get the members back to work.
The determination and courage of the members of Local 1209 are applauded by the entire union.