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July 19, 2024

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After an 18 day strike, Unifor union employees have ratified a new three-year collective bargaining agreement.  The employees subject to the agreement work at the new Toronto area facilities that builds the Global family of aircraft, Bombardier’s most expensive and profitable model.  Work at those facilities resumed today.

The agreement includes general wage increases of 12.5% over the life of the agreement, increased pension contributions, and better job security, including a commitment to build the forthcoming Global 8000 at the facility.  The agreement covers 1,200 production and skilled trades members under local 112 and 250 office, professional and technical workers represented by local 673 who work at the manufacturing facilities in Mississauga and Waterloo.

Bombardier indicated that the company is “committed to the site and the continued success of its industry-leading Global family of aircraft, for which normal assembly operations will resume today.”

Unifor’s National President Lana Payne stated “our union’s top priority in these negotiations was to secure an agreement that reflects our members’ skills, hard work, and dedication which have made Bombardier’s Global jet program so successful.  After a highly effective strike, I am proud to say that our members ratified a landmark agreement that delivers a substantial economic package at a time when aerospace workers need it most.”

The Bottom Line

This is the second three-year agreement concluded after a short strike, in which management and labor have been able to quickly resolve their differences once the work stoppage commenced.  While the production disruption was short at 18 days, the company, which has been dealing with supply chain issues, should be able to quickly return to its delivery skyline after production resumes.  This agreement extends into 2027, providing the runway for the Global program to return to full production capacity.

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Ernest Arvai
President AirInsight Group LLC

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