The union said workers from Local 673 and Local 112 walked off the job as threatened just after
About 1,500 unionized
“We will remain at the bargaining table with both companies as the strike action is ongoing,” said
"Our union will continue to make every effort to reach a fair settlement but we have a number of key issues to resolve with both employers.”
Pensions, use of contractors and erosion of bargaining unit work are key issues at
Other issues relate to the sale of the
“Our members work hard and deserve nothing less than an agreement that values their incredible contribution to these companies and respects their hard work,” said
"At this time, the talks continue and we are focused on seeing the process through to an agreement," spokesman Mark Masluch wrote in an email.
De Havilland Canada said it was disappointed with the union's statements before the resumption of talks and at the bargaining table that "assert a position that is drastically out of step with the realities facing De Havilland Canada’s business, and the aviation industry more generally."
The company said it agreed to the union's request for a 30-day extension of the collective bargaining agreement in the hope that it would use the time to "adjust its negotiating posture to enable a mutually agreeable outcome."
"De Havilland Canada is eager to collaborate with the Union as we chart a sustainable long-term future for aircraft manufacturing and the skilled employment it supports. But the ability to work together toward a long-term future relies on a concerted effort to transform the business to the circumstances we are facing."
The company said it has put contingency plans in place in order to continue to meet all customer requirements.
The union wants
Dias has said he fears
He said the company refused to bargain any sort of scope clauses that would limit production to somewhere in the GTA, including
"Their silence on the matter is very troublesome,'' he said in a Friday interview. "The bottom line is we've got a lot of people have worked there for a lot of years and have worked on this program and they deserve the right to continue to build the program.''
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