The 24 Local 761 members working at Penske voted 80 per cent in favour of the new tentative agreement reached on December 20, 2017. The vote took place at a meeting on January 24.
“This was a difficult situation because the company, Penske, does not have any customers lined up for 2019. That’s why we focused our demands on protecting our members in the event that the company closes,” said François Levac, local 761 vice-president.
The one-year agreement includes a protocol in the event of closure, a two per cent wage increase and a signing bonus.
Penske is a logistics provider for Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), where Unifor represents the workers that fall under federal jurisdiction. Penske is located in Acton Vale, east of Montreal, Quebec.