Bombardier avoids a strike at its Dorval finishing center

Bombardier reached an agreement on Wednesday with some 2,000 unionized employees at its Laurent Beaudoin finishing center located in Dorval, on the island of Montreal, just hours before the outbreak of a general strike.

Workers in the Unifor union voted 83.8% in favor of a new three-year contract.

The agreement provides for salary increases of 6.5% during the first year, then 3% for the second two. An increase in retirement pensions and a lump sum of $2,000 to counter inflation were also granted to employees, the union explained at the end of the evening on Wednesday.

An enhancement to the insurance plan, including coverage of new therapy services and paid days off for victims of domestic violence, was also included in the new employment contract.

Recall that the workers, who had given themselves an emotional strike mandate from Tuesday, had rejected a first proposal on Monday, but had agreed to postpone the start of their strike until Wednesday evening to give negotiations one last chance.

The Laurent Beaudoin completion center is dedicated to the final construction phases of Global 5500, 6500 and 7500 series business jets.