New Agreement at Bristol Ends Nine-Week Strike

June 8, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

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CAW Local 3005 members at Bristol Aerospace (owned by Magellan) in Winnipeg, Manitoba have ratified a new three-year collective agreement that ends a difficult nine-week strike for 400 workers.

Workers successfully fought off company demands to eliminate retiree benefits, as well as other concessions, and made improvements in wages and working conditions.

Jerry Dias, Assistant to the CAW President, credits the members for their determination and selflessness in defending the rights of current and future retirees.

Dias also recognized the important contribution of CAW activists in Kitchener, Ontario for staging an important information leaflet outside a non-unionized local Magellan facility on June 2 to raise awareness of the Winnipeg workers' plight and exert pressure on the company and its customers.

"Shortly after the action in Kitchener the company came back to us with a renewed sense of urgency to get this deal done," Dias said.

The company's decision to hire replacement workers prolonged the labour dispute and fuelled animosity among the workers.

CAW Local 3005 President Branko Maligec said the bargaining committee worked "very hard" in the 36-hours following the information picket to ensure a deal got done and members could get back to work, in an interview with the Winnipeg Free Press. The strike was the longest in the history of the Winnipeg facility

Workers voted 66 per cent in favour of the new deal at a ratification meeting on June 6.

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