at Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.s Longueuil, Quebec,
plant have signed a new three-year collective bargaining
The workers, members
of Canadian Auto Workers union Local 510, manufacture and
service engines for airplanes and helicopters at the facility.
They voted 91 percent in favor of the deal.
A spokeswoman for the
company confirmed June 21 that a new contract has been
"In what was a highly
strategic bargaining round, our committee successfully tackled
the challenge of finding solutions to encourage investments in
the future of our plants while meeting member expectations,"
Local 510 plant committee chairman Camille Larochelle said in a
statement June 20.
The new agreement
includes a starting salary of Canadian $25 ($23.91) per hour
for new hires, with a raise of C75 cents (72 cents) every six
months up to grade 10, and increases the companys monthly
pension contribution to C$75 ($71.73) per month by March 2016
from the current C$70 ($66.96).
Quebecs finance ministry, attending the International
Paris Air Show on a trade mission, announced promised private
partnership investments of C$81 million ($77.45 million) in the
provinces aerospace sector.
which makes coaxial cables and radio-frequency assemblies for
the aerospace industry, will open an office with 10 employees
AV&R Vision &
Robotics Inc., Montreal, which makes automated visual
inspection and gas turbine parts finishing systems for the
aeronautics and energy sectors, will merge with Quebec
engineering firm Intégration Mécanique
Automatisation Contrôle Inc. (Imac) to form Groupe
Aerolia SAS, a French
manufacturer of aircraft fuselage components, will locate its
first North American plant outside Montreal-Mirabel
International Airport, investing C$9.5 million ($9.08 million)
initially and creating 150 jobs. The facility should be
operational by January 2014.
parts distributor AHE will open a facility in the Montreal
region and create 15 jobs within three years.
Loiretech, which makes molds and tools for composite materials
for the aerospace sector, will partner with Saint-Lin,
Quebec-based Composites VCI Inc. to form Loiretech Canada,
which will create 10 jobs the first year in Mirabel.
"All these projects
will contribute to the growth and vitality of our industry,"
Quebecs minister of finance and the economy Nicolas
Marceau said in a statement.