IAMAW welcomes 60 aircraft engineers at Sunwing

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Press Release | August 13, 2018

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Pearson Airport in Toronto keeps ringing with the sounds of victory as more workers are joining the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW).

Sunwing MAX 8 aircraft in flight
Sunwing Airlines Inc. is headquartered in the Etobicoke, Ont., and is the second-largest tour operator in Ontario. Sunwing Photo

The IAMAW got a great victory at Pearson airport with Sunwing aircraft engineers and their supervisors.

“This is a solid group of workers. They stood together with the union throughout the whole process of certification. They stood as one,” said IAMAW District 140 organizer Sam Jabbar.

“I have never seen such solidarity among a group of workers like this in any other campaign–and I’ve worked on a lot of campaigns. This group was determined and motivated to join the IAM and nothing was going to stop them. Ultimately, nothing did.

“Now the next step is to get them better wages, benefits and working conditions and we are ready for that step.”

The IAMAW is the largest aviation union in Canada representing aircraft engineers from coast to coast with Air Canada, Field Aviation and Air Transat.

Sunwing Airlines Inc. is a Canadian low-cost airline headquartered in the Etobicoke district of Toronto, and is the second-largest tour operator in Ontario.

The IAMAW is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America, representing more than 500,000 active and retired members, and administers more than 5,000 contracts in transportation, woodworking, aerospace, manufacturing, service, health services and public services workers.

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