Bristol Aerospace workers ratify new three-year agreement

Employees at the airplane parts manufacturing plant secure retiree benefits
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 06/07/2011

Winnipeg’s Bristol Aerospace workers have ratified a newthree-year agreement after being on strike for the past nine weeks. The 400Canadian Auto Workers, Local 3005 members accepted the agreement in aratification vote held yesterday.

The new contract contains a mechanism that ensures retireeswill continue to be able to collect benefits for years to come. This was thecentral issue in negotiations, according to the union.

There were also “modest gains” in wages and the cost ofliving allowance, according to a union press release.

Part of Magellan Aerospace Corp., Bristol Aerospace is anaircraft parts manufacturing plant. The plant was recently awarded work on Canada’snew F-35 fighter jets.

Some of the workers, who have been off the job since April1, 2011, will return to work tonight with the rest of the crew returningtomorrow.

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