July 10, 2018
Statement from the machinists' union on the order 60 new A220-300 by Jet Blue
Washington, July 10, 2018 - "This order puts us in a good position to secure the jobs of Quebec aerospace workers", says the Quebec coordinator of the IAMAW, David Chartrand. "Even if the confirmation of the change of name of the program has saddened us, in the end the important thing is that the order book of this plane allow us to keep and create good jobs in aerospace in Quebec".
The assembly line in Alabama and the fact that Jet Blue is an American carrier, raise some questions about the production of this order. However, Quebec will certainly do much of the work on Jet Blue's aircraft.
"Several components and cockpits for all A220 are made only in Quebec. The assembly line in Alabama is a fact that cannot be denied, but it should not be believed either that the Mirabel plant will not benefit from the growth of the A220 order book. The people who work on these planes are experienced, the infrastructure is in place, the Quebec Aerospace industry is one of the best in the world and that is also what Airbus came for by taking control of the C-series program. Air carriers do not want to receive their planes in 10 years. So if the order book imposes a high production rate, it is certain that the Mirabel plant and the entire Quebec aerospace industry will benefit.
The canadian vice-president of the IAMAW Stan Pickthall also recalled the quality of the Canadian workforce and the aerospace industry and the importance for the government to ensure its viability.
"It is the workers that make the success of a program like the A220. Their competence and know-how belong to them and they are central players in the success of the aerospace industry in Canada. To continue on this path, they deserve that Canadian government to put the tools and resources necessary to maintain the industry", concludes the Canadian Vice-president of the IAMAW.
The IAMAW represents approximately 650 000 members in North America grouped into 1 143 locals and represented in more than 200 companies in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico.
In Quebec, the IAMAW represents aerospace workers since 1940. It is the largest union in the world in this industry with over 184 000 members spread over 1 000 collective agreements.
The IAMAW represents 4 300 members at Bombardier and within the limited partnership that manufactures the A220.