Viking Air Collective Agreement
The current collective agreement expired on October 31, 2010 and the parties will be negotiating throughout the week in Sydney, British Columbia, beginning today. The North Saanich-based aircraft manufacturer faced a strike announcement by its 270 CAW employees last week, with the two sides reaching an agreement as the strike announcement expired Thursday afternoon. Members of CAW Local 114 voted 95% in favour of the agreement. The contract includes retroactive salaries of $1,000 each for the past year without a contract; two per cent retroactive to November 1, 2011; a salary increase of 2.5% in 2012 and three per cent in 2013. The last contract expires on October 31, 2014. “We are pleased that this is now behind us,” said David Curtis, President and CEO of Viking. “It`s been a long week and we`re thrilled to have a collective agreement that brings us to 2014. “The wording we agreed to in the collective agreement tries to make it clear that when positions are cut here, it`s about the severance pay terms – but at the end of the day, I think they see that through our actions, we`re showing our commitment to Victoria,” Curtis said. “We are pleased to continue to play a major role in the local economy.” The current collective agreement expired on October 31, 2010. “We will work hard this week to get a fair deal, as a strike at Viking Air will completely disrupt production and further delay delivery of many new Twin Otter aircraft that are already late,” McGarrigle said. . Viking Air took over production of the de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft in 2010.
The union has now set a strike deadline for Thursday, January 19 at 12:00 p.m.m. Sign up for a free account today and receive the best titles in your inbox Monday through Saturday. CAW Local 114 (www.cawlocal114.com) currently represents a bargaining unit of 270 Viking Air workers, including aircraft mechanics, machinists, sheet metal mechanics, painters, welders, storekeepers and labourers. “We have introduced what we see as an important financial deterrent,” said Gavin McGarrigle, CAW National Representative. . The strike ends Thursday afternoon for Viking Air workers. Many of the planemaker`s employees are members of the Canadian Automobile Union, which on Monday issued a 72-hour strike announcement. Curtis sees the wording of the severance pay terms as part of the union`s recognition that Viking wants to maintain production in the area. CAW Local 114 includes aircraft mechanics, machinists, sheet metal mechanics, painters, welders, storekeepers and workers.
The new contract also provides 100% benefits and enhances other benefits, including shoe allowances. .