The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which signed an agreement with Lockheed to represent the workers at the Montreal facility, said it was pleased that some of the skilled workers who lost their jobs when Aveos closed would get their jobs back.
“This is great news for our members, the province of Quebec and the aviation industry in Canada because we retain this vital component in Canada and the jobs that go with it,” IAM District Lodge 140 President and General Chairperson Fred Hospes.
He told Reuters that Lockheed had agreed to hire about a third of the 300 workers who lost their jobs at Aveos’ Montreal plant when the company halted operations in March. He said the company could hire additional workers later, depending on growth in the company’s business.
The IAM is the largest union in the Canadian air transport and aerospace sectors.
In July, Air Canada said Aveos had been unable to drum up bids for its engine maintenance and airframe maintenance businesses.
Aveos Fleet laid off roughly 2,600 workers, most of whom were employed at maintenance centers in the cities of Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver, when it closed in March.