Aircraft Appliances and Equipment Ltd (AAE) members have ratified a new 3-year collective agreement bringing a nearly decade long freeze on increases to the defined benefits pension to an end.
“It was a priority to ensure a secure retirement for these workers while also bargaining to improve their current working conditions,” said John Harte, Local 252 Financial Secretary.
AAE has long been the trusted resource for countless military services and original equipment manufacturers. Local 252 represents 30 members at AAE who manufacture, repair and overhaul components for aircraft, naval ships, and ground support equipment.
The new contract includes a $2.00 pension hike over the lifetime of the agreement and wage increases of 1.5 per cent in the first year and 1.25 per cent in both year two and three.
The deal also includes personal emergency days, domestic violence leave, 48-hour shift cancellation language, flexible start time language, equality and duty to accommodate language, technological change protections and safety equipment improvements. Further workplace harassment language contains committee training, four hours of respectful workplace training for all members and a joint investigation process.
“The bargaining committee knew exactly where to target the required improvements for the members,” said Sam Snyders, National Representative.
Gains also include improved life insurance, dental and vision coverage, paramedical, weekly indemnity and bereavement leave benefits.
The agreement, in effect from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022, received overwhelming support with 88 per cent voting in favour of ratification.