Mon, Mar 07, 2005
Union Workers Vote "Yes" On Concessions Aimed At Landing
Workers at Bombardier's
Montreal facilities are willing to bet their paychecks to land
construction of the company's new C-series regional jet. They
approved a new concessionary contract over the weekend by an
overwhelming margin -- more than 90-percent voting "yes."
"We believe we've now done what we needed to do to obtain the
C-series here in Montreal," said Dave Chartrand, president of the
plant local of the International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers. He was quoted by the Canadian Press. "It will
give confidence to the (stock) market, I suppose."
Now, it's up to Bombardier to decide where the C-series jets,
capable of carrying between 110 and 135 passengers, will be
It could be Montreal, but it could also be Toronto or Belfast,
The new contract calls for a 13.75-percent raise over the next
five years. But it cuts overtime boosts opportunities for
Bombardier to outsource work and penalizes worker absenteeism.
seemed to react favorably to the union gesture.
"It's an illustration of how serious our Montreal employees are
in bringing the C-series final assembly to Montreal," said company
spokesman John Paul Macdonald.
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