Quebec Coordinator for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), Vice President of the Quebec Federation of Labor
I have been working in the field of aerospace for over 25 years. I began working in an aerospace shop and became a union representative. I am presently Quebec Coordinator for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) and Vice President of the Quebec Federation of Labor.
I currently serve as a Board member for the Canadian Council for Aerospace and Aviation, Aero Montreal (Aerospace Cluster) and I have served 3 years on the (CAMAQ).
I have served the members as the President Directing Business representative of District 11 for a period of 7 years. My union work has brought me to participate in the negotiation of numerous collective agreements. I have acted as a labor negotiator and helped with counsel to the union representatives in negotiations with Bombardier, Rolls Royce, Héroux Devtek, Abipa Canada, Messier Dowty and L3 Mas. Through the IAMAW, I also represent workers at airports with Air Canada, Air Transat, Swissport, CAFAS, etc.
The Machinists Union is more than 800,000 members across North America. In Quebec the IAMAW has 15 000 members and more than 50,000 members across Canada, 16,000 being in the airline and aerospace industry.
The IAMAW is the largest union in the Aerospace industry in Canada.
We represent workers in the aerospace industry that manufacture aircraft and aircraft components, helicopters, engines. In Quebec we represent aerospace workers working within major companies like Bombardier, Bombardier tubes center, Rolls Royce, Héroux-Devtek, Messier Bugatti Dowty, L3-MAS, Abipa Canada, Lockheed Martin, AJ Walter, Air Canada, Air Transat and Siemens.
We are proud of our international association, which represents workers throughout North America. Our international character is essential, especially in the context of a global economy.
We are affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress and two global groupings of unions representing workers in comparable industries to ours - the International Transport Workers 'Federation and the International Metalworkers' Federation. Our locals are affiliated with labor councils and provincial federations of labor from coast to coast to coast.
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