Unifor Local 522 members at Canadian Aviation Electronics secure new five-year-deal

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MONTREAL – Unifor Local 522 members working for Canadian Aviation Electronics Ltd. (CAE) ratified their tentative agreement.

"Throughout these negotiations, we faced increased demands for efficiency and versatility from the employer,” said Sophie Albert, president of Local 522. “However, through our determination and commitment to our members, we managed to find an acceptable compromise that preserves all jobs.”

The members stood in solidarity when they rejected the initial employer offers on June 17 and voted for a strike mandate by 98%.

The new five-year collective agreement includes salary increases of 6.5% for 2023, 4% for 2024, and 3% per year for the following three years, in addition to streamlining the progression process and improving entry-level wages in several job classifications.

The new contract also includes other improvements to working conditions, such as work schedules, personal leave days, the early retirement program, and domestic violence paid leave.

"We are particularly proud of the gains we have achieved. Thanks to the support of the members, we have managed to secure the best possible contract and a 19.5% salary increase for the duration of the collective agreement," added Jonathan Blais, National Representative for Unifor Quebec.