On June 10, an arbitration decision was rendered in the case between Unifor Local 1209 and Delastek. This decision marks a turning point in this labor dispute which began in April 2015. "It's a very good decision,” said Quebec Director Renaud Gagné. “The main point of our dispute is settled by the proposal we made and we could not have hoped for a better outcome. The most important thing is that now the rules are clear. We must look to the future and turn the page,” said Gagné.
Many bonuses were obtained while the parties were negotiating in parallel with the arbitration process. For example, salaries will be increased between $ 1.20 an hour and $ 5.30 an hour, retroactively to March 12, 2018, with the addition of floating holidays, a fifth week of vacation after 20 years of seniority and many other gains.
The members of Local 1209 went on strike on April 1, 2015. In March 2018, they agreed to put an end to the dispute following an agreement with the employer to resort to arbitration to decide the points still in dispute.
Delastek is an aeronautical components manufacturing company based in Shawinigan which employs approximately 25 members of Unifor Local 1209.