There are only a few days until lobbying efforts kick into high gear for Unifor’s aerospace member delegation heading to Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
The lobby, running for most of next week, April 15-20, will form an important component of the sector’s overall campaign initiatives.
“Government has a significant role to play in ensuring the long term viability of Canada’s aerospace industry,” said Ken Stuart, Unifor Director of Aerospace. “We plan to hold them to account on behalf of the over 11,000 members Unifor represents in the sector.”
Members of the delegation will be lobbying in favour of maintaining Canada’s aerospace advantage and seek to challenge unjust tariffs so that the industry continues to thrive. The proposed U.S tariffs on steel and aluminum will have a devastating effect on jobs in several key industries, local regions across Canada. Tariffs will also directly impact the cost of items from cars to canned food which includes parts used within the aerospace sector. Ontario is a major supplier of steel and Quebec a key supplier of aluminum, both provinces have large aerospace clusters employing thousands of workers.
Unifor is calling on the federal government to take immediate action to ensure that Canada is not subject to these punitive tariffs. To read Unifor’s sector strategy paper, Soaring Higher click here.
Following a briefing, delegates will meet with Members of Parliament from April 16 to 19, and Jerry Dias, Unifor National President, will attend an important breakfast meeting on April 18.
The delegation will highlight various proposals that industry, labour, academia, and every level of government can take to ensure the continued success of the industry.
In particular, delegates will focus on four comprehensive recommendations, including leveraging the power of government, enhancing workforce development and planning, maintaining employment quality, and creating a cross sectoral aerospace development council to bring together industry stakeholders to take on the challenges the industry faces.