Media Advisory - Unifor to hold rally at MDA Space picket line

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BRAMPTON—Unifor National President Lana Payne will join members and supporters from across the GTA for a rally on Thursday May 16 at 10 a.m. to support Unifor Local 112 and 673 on strike at MDA Space in Brampton, Ontario. 

“For five weeks, Unifor members have been on the picket line fighting for a fair deal while the company refuses to negotiate,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “This company’s strong profits are driven by federal government contracts for the Canadarm3 project robotics maintenance on the International Space Station, and more. Our members deserve to be treated better and so do Canadians who are footing the tab while MDA refuses to negotiate with workers while bragging about doubling its revenues.”

What: Rally to support MDA Space workers on strike 

Who: Unifor National President Lana Payne, Local 112 and 673 members and supporters.

When: Thursday, May 16, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time

Where: MDA Space, 7500 Financial Drive, Brampton, Ontario L6Y 0R9

Approximately 50 Unifor Local 112 and 673 members have been on strike at the company’s newly built flagship headquarters in Brampton, Ontario since April 9th. In the days leading up to the strike, the company walked away from the table and informed the union that it would not participate in any further negotiations. Issues that remain on the table include inadequate wage increases, no increase to pension contributions and a lack of protection against the rising cost of living. Just days ago MDA CEO Mike Greenley boasted of the company’s ‘first double’, recently growing revenue from 400 million to 800 million. MDA projects 2024 revenues to rise to $950 million – 1.05 billion, representing a 25% increase mid-point over 2023.   

The company has received generous subsidies from the Ontario government to build its now idle headquarters and was awarded a $250 million contract from the Canadian Space Agency to support robotics operations on the International Space Station and $269 million for the next phase of CanadArm3.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future. 

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