Cascade Aerospace Members Ratify New Agreement

April 12, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

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CAW Local 114 members at Cascade Aerospace have overwhelmingly approved a new three-year collective agreement.

Workers at the Abbotsford, British Columbia aerospace company voted 87 per cent in favour of a tentative agreement that was reached in late March. Bargaining got underway in November. 

Improvements include wage and premium increases, COLA and significant benefit improvements. In addition there is an increase to pension contributions. Wage increases are 1.7 per cent in the first year, 1.8 in the second and 1.8 in the third plus COLA added on the wages in each quarter during the agreement.

"With the solidarity of the membership at Cascade, we bargained another first rate agreement with the CAW that will serve us well for years to come," said plant chair Nate Shier. "The membership showed complete confidence and support for the bargaining committee and demonstrated it with their solidarity on the floor as well as with a strong ratification result," Shier said.

Other gains include language changes such as transfer of operations and job security guarantees, significant severance and layoff language and scheduling improvements.

In addition a minimum of 12 hours per week for the elected health and safety chair was negotiated and, for the first time, recognition of a Women's Advocate was bargained.

The CAW represents approximately 375 aircraft maintenance engineers, interior technicians, sheet metal mechanics and painters at Cascade.

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