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Bombardier strike ends, Global business jet assembly to resume

By Ben Forrest | July 10, 2024

Estimated reading time 3 minutes, 25 seconds.

Bombardier workers have ratified a new three-year collective agreement, ending an 18-day strike at manufacturing facilities in Mississauga and Waterloo, Ont.

The plane maker and Unifor, which represents the striking workers, confirmed the news in separate statements on July 10, 2024.

“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,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne in a release.

“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 deal includes wage increases of 12.5 percent over the life of the agreement, increased pension contributions and better job security, the union said.

“What changed the outcome of these negotiations and brought a fair deal within reach, was the unwavering support from our members on the picket lines,” added Unifor Local 112 president John Turner.

“The historic gains we have made in this agreement would never have happened without strike action that showed the company our members would not back down until a fair deal was reached.”

Bombardier issued a brief statement on July 11, saying it 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 Local 112 presents about 1,200 production and skilled trades workers who went on strike in mid-June, along with 250 office, professional and technical workers represented by Local 673.

Workers at both the Toronto facility at Pearson international airport and at the Waterloo facility build Bombardier Global series business jets.

Unifor said the new agreement also includes work commitments and job ownership for union members, “over the entire Global fleet,” including the upcoming 8000 series of ultra-long-range jets and “any derivatives thereof.”

“It was essential that we secured work ownership over the entire Global jet program to protect our members’ jobs today and for the next generation of Bombardier aerospace workers,” said Unifor Local 673 president Maryellen McIlmoyle.

“Bombardier members are dedicated and hard-working beyond measure. We ratified an agreement that delivers higher wages, better pensions and a stronger economic future for all Bombardier workers.”

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