AJW Technique workers in Montreal ratify new contract

Better flex-time options, salary raises part of deal: IAM

About 150 members from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), Local 2309 working at AJW Technique in Montreal, overwhelmingly ratified a tentative agreement on Aug. 13 after eight months of negotiations.

“The five-year contract will let our members breathe a little bit and come to work with some peace of mind,” said Michel Richer, Grand Lodge Representative. “The employer was squarely against any improvements to the contract, and they made it quite obvious.”

On average, pay increase stood at 24 per cent and in some cases, due to raising the floor, some employees received a 35-per-cent increase over five years, said the union.

Other improvements include an increase to personal days, increases to vacation days and an improvement to flex-time (employees can start work anywhere from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and finish the day relative to the start time), said IAM.

Workers also won indirect improvement of their pension through the salary increase, as well as improvements on recalls, bereavement leave and subcontracting, said the union.

AJW Technique began aircraft component maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations in Montreal in 2013, after purchasing the former Aveos component shop, which was represented by the IAM.

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