Machinists ratify new Messier-Dowty Agreement!

Friday February 20, 2009
For Immediate Release
Montréal, QC – The 138 members of IAMAW Local Lodge 1758 have ratified a new five-year collective agreement with Messier-Dowty Ltd.
“There was no doubt that the 100 per cent strike mandate given the bargaining committee by the membership two weeks ago had an impact on the final negotiations,” said IAMAW District 11 Business Representative Claude Boisvert. “Communications between members of the bargaining committee and their brothers in the plant was also very important.” The membership ratified the new agreement by a margin of 79 per cent.
The new agreement provides for a $1,000.00 signing bonus and a wage increase of 12.5 per cent over the five year life of the contract. Other agreement highlights include :
• A 1 per cent increase in the employer RRSP contribution over the life of the agreement
• Improvements in sick days
• Increased vacation days
The members manufacture aircraft landing gear at the Mirabel plant in suburban Montréal.