Viking Air Collective Agreement

Finnish legislation does not impose a minimum wage. Minimum wages are set in sectoral collective agreements. In addition, collective agreements are used to reconcile, for example, the reasons for employment policy, wage increases and rules for hours of work, overtime, weekend holidays and evening and weekend work. The terms and conditions of the collective agreement must apply to all employees in the industry, whether they are unionized or not. The system works as long as the number of members is large enough. The current collective agreement expired on October 31, 2010 and the parties will be negotiating today in Sidney, BC, all week. The general application of the collective agreement may be lost. The alternative is a normally binding collective agreement that binds only the contracting parties. Workers are not required to participate in collective bargaining because negotiations are conducted by the union and the employers` organization. Collective agreements are one of the most important benefits of unions.

Collective agreements have improved many legal conditions that affect the status of workers. Viking Air (www.vikingair.com) is an aircraft manufacturer based on Vancouver Island, near Sidney, British Columbia. Viking resumes production of the famous De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft. With this new product, Viking will be the only manufacturer of complete aircraft in Western Canada; The company has also opened a satellite facility in Calgary, Alberta, to cope with the expansion. “Viking Air skilled workers have been patiently waiting for just over a year for a new contract dealing with wages, benefits and job security issues,” said Gavin McGarrigle, CAW National Representative. “The union signed a new contract with Cascade Aerospace in Abbotsford last year without interruption, and this model should also work for Viking Air,” he added. CAW Local 114 (www.cawlocal114.com) currently represents a bargaining unit of 270 workers at Viking Air, including aircraft mechanics, mechanics, sheet metal mechanics, painters, welders, workers and workers. On October 28, 2011, Viking Air employees voted 94% in favour of a strike. “We will be working hard this week to reach a fair agreement, as a strike at Viking Air will completely disrupt production and further delay the delivery of many new Twin Otter aircraft, which are already below schedule,” McGarrigle said. VICTORIA, BC, January 16, 2012 /CNW/ – The Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) today served 72 hours of strike time at the negotiating table with Viking Air. The union has set a strike deadline for Thursday, January 19 at 12 p.m. Gavin McGarrigle, National Representative at (778) 668-6455 or email [email protected].