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District Lodge 78 welcomes L3 Workers in Trenton Ontario

717T President Chris Baker

Dear Workers at L3 in Trenton,

Local Lodge 717T, affiliated to District 78, represents two hundred members employed at Magellan Aerospace in Mississauga Ontario. For more than sixty years we have manufactured, repaired and overhauled turbo fan engines for use in Commercial and military aerospace. We work primarily on GE404, GE414 and J85 engines. We also manufacture components for all makes and models of turbo fan power plants.

Our members exceed technical excellence and have been recognized and decorated worldwide as a trusted platform of choice for overhaul and repair in aerospace power plants of all makes and models..

Local 717T members have worked diligently in attaining industry-leading wage rates, health care benefits and pension entitlements.

Sixty years experience in representing member concerns regarding health and safety, grievance and appeals up to and including arbitration. The safety record at Magellan is above and beyond the average. The Local 717T Health and Safety representative sits on the Provincial committee of the Ontario Federation of Labour’s Health & Safety committee. We’re plugged in!

717T participates annually at the IAM Aerospace Conference hosted throughout North America.

All IAM aerospace units (Boeing, Messier-Dowty, L3(MAS) Mirabel, Rolls Royce, Bombardier, Lockheed Martin, CAE, IMP, General Dynamics and others) attend. The conferences are an integral part of the necessary communication between units for a unified front in bargaining better agreements. We’re plugged in!

We regularly send delegates to our William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Centre in Maryland, USA for the purposes of keeping all representatives on the cutting edge of bargaining and related skills. We’re plugged in!


Regular Local Lodge monthly meetings to discuss the business of the local. To resolve problems and suggest solution – collectively. Also to share news and information from IAM Locals and Districts across Canada as well as the labour movement and legislative issues.

Because you know your working conditions best, you will elect Bargaining Committee, Health & Safety Committee members and local representatives from your own ranks.

Finally, when you decide you want to retire, you can enjoy the pension that comes with being a part of the IAM Labour-Management Pension Plan – one of the finest in any workplace. Ask your colleagues at Mirabel Airport.

I look forward to meeting with all of the workers from L3. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Chris Baker,
President, IAM Local Lodge 717T
557 Dixon Road, Unit 102
Etobicoke, ON M9W 6K1