CAW Local 1 Ratifies New Collective Agreement with Irving Shipbuilding

Halifax, NS, November 28, 2012: Today members of CAW/Marine Workers Federation Local 1 voted 69% in favour of ratifying a new 6-year collective agreement with Irving Shipbuilding. The agreement covers approximately 1000 workers at Halifax Shipyard, skilled shipbuilders who will be key in the construction of the new naval combat fleet for Canada in the coming years.

“Our negotiating committee worked very hard to get a good deal for our members, one that increased benefits for workers and improves our ability to attract skilled trades to Halifax Shipyard to build new ships for Canada,” said Karl Risser, President, CAW Local 1. “Our campaign to build ships in Canada, by Canadian workers, for Canada has been going on for years. The competitive wage rates in this new agreement will help us to attract and retain skilled trades here in Nova Scotia.”

“We’re pleased with the results of today’s ratification vote,” said Ross Langley, Vice Chairman, Irving Shipbuilding. “This new collective agreement recognizes the extensive skills and experience of the men and women of Halifax Shipyard while providing the kind of stability that will allow us to focus as a team on completing our current projects as well as preparing for the naval programs to come.”

Workers at Halifax Shipyard are currently constructing nine Hero Class Mid-shore Patrol Vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard, with two ships complete and delivered and six currently under construction; the program is due for completion in 2014. Also underway are mid-life refits of seven Halifax-class Frigates for the Canadian Navy, a program expected to wrap up in 2017. Current DND estimates see the first set of vessels under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships, entering into production stage in 2015.

“Our membership and their experience was one of the leading reasons Irving Shipbuilding successfully landed the bid to build the Navy’s new combat fleet.,” added Karl Risser.

“This new agreement today allows us to move forward as a team to deliver quality vessels and best value to Canada,” said Ross Langley. 

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