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Pratt & Whitney workers in Quebec sign labor deal

Keywords: Tags  Pratt & Whitney, Quebec plant, aircraft engines, Canadian Auto Workers, labor contract, Quebec ministry, aerospace sector investments, Nicolas Marceau Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — Workers at Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.’s Longueuil, Quebec, plant have signed a new three-year collective bargaining agreement.

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 accepted.

"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 company’s monthly pension contribution to C$75 ($71.73) per month by March 2016 from the current C$70 ($66.96).

Separately, Quebec’s 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 province’s aerospace sector.

France’s Atem, which makes coaxial cables and radio-frequency assemblies for the aerospace industry, will open an office with 10 employees in Quebec.

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 AV&R.

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.

French aeronautical parts distributor AHE will open a facility in the Montreal region and create 15 jobs within three years.

France’s 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," Quebec’s minister of finance and the economy Nicolas Marceau said in a statement.

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