MONTREAL – Nearly 475 unionized CAE Inc. employees in Montreal went on strike Friday afternoon after rejecting the company’s latest contract offer.
Unifor national representative Daniel St-Pierre says the action, taken by members after voting 93 per cent against the offer, demonstrates the frustration that’s built up and a difficult labour climate.
Stumbling blocks to reaching an agreement include wages, the pension plan and salary scales.
The union says workers are unhappy that the flight simulator and training company unilaterally changed the formula used to determine salary increases during the last contract.
The collective agreement expired Tuesday, several days after members of Local 522 voted 98 per cent in favour of a strike mandate.
CAE spokeswoman Pascale Alpha says the Montreal-based company will work in good faith to try to reach a settlement. Management workers will fill in to maintain some production.
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