Members of Local 62 ratified a tentative agreement with Bombardier on December 8 with 75 per cent support.
“This is a good labour contract. We made significant gains in terms of wages, but also in terms of work-life balance, both of which were priorities in the negotiations,” said Renaud Gagné, Unifor’s Quebec Director. “For the first time in its history, this group had obtained a strike mandate even before starting negotiations last September. Once again, mobilization made a big difference.”
Highlights of the deal include:
- Pension benefit increases of $6 over the term of the three-year agreement ($77 as of January 1st, 2020, $79 as of January 1st, 2021 and $81 as of January 1st, 2022 – calculated on the base rate per year of service and per month),
- An increase of $2 in the monthly bridging benefit over the term of the three-year agreement ($24 as of January 1st, 2020, $25 as of January 1st, 2022);
- The possibility to accumulate 48 hours in a renewable hour bank, changes to work schedules: the day shift will start earlier (6:00 and 6:15 a.m.);
- Evening shift over four 10-hour days; night shift over four 9-hour days;
- Improved job stability with a letter of agreement providing for the repatriation of outsourced work before imposing lay-offs;
- Wage increases of 2.5 per cent for each year of the three-year collective agreement.
The Bombardier unit of Local 62 represents 2,400 members who perform interior completion work on Global business jets.