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September 11, 2017

District 11



Montreal, QC - Members of the International Association of Machinists (IAM) will be in attendance on the streets of Montreal on Wednesday during a rally and a march to the United States Consulate to protest the commercial complaints and the lawsuit Boeing has against Bombardier. "The International Association of Machinists and many of its members are among the builders of the Quebec aerospace industry; we have built it and we will protect it, "says Dave Chartrand, IAM Quebec Coordinator. Boeing filed commercial complaints and lawsuit against Bombardier for its sale of 75 C-Series 100 narrowbody passenger aircraft to Delta Airlines. Boeing alleges that the Canadian aircraft manufacturer introduced the C-Series aircraft to the US market at unfair prices. Boeing claims that Bombardier is able to do so because of subsidies from the federal and Quebec governments. "Boeing's arguments are empty," says Chartrand. "Boeing has not even bid on Delta's contract and the C-Series aircraft pose no threat to the Boeing 737 because it's not even the same category. In addition, the aerospace industry is expected to build 40,000 commercial aircraft over the next 20 years. It seems to me that there will be enough for everyone. The message to be sent should be that we should move into protection and job creation".

The IAM is the largest union in the Canadian aerospace industry with more than 6,000 members employed by Bombardier in factories in Montréal and neighboring regions. The IAM is also the union with the largest representation at Boeing. "Let me make it very clear that this is a legal battle between two companies," said Stan Pickthall, IAM Canadian General Vice-President. "Our members will demonstrate to protect their jobs and defend the aerospace industry in Canada. In the context of the NAFTA talks that are taking place right now, we have to protect that industry, as well as the livelihood of our members in Montreal and across the country".


For more information:

David Chartrand, coordonnateur québécois de l’AIM

514-956-1578 / 514-231-9100

Guillaume Valois, responsables des communications et de la recherche


Stan Pickthall, vice-président général canadien de l’AIM


Bill Trbovich, directeur des communications de l’AIM

416-386-1789, poste 6331 / 416-735-9765