THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor members in Thunder Bay,
on strike at Bombardier for more than eight weeks, will soon be
returning to work having maintained good jobs with good pensions for
"This has been a difficult summer for these workers, but they can return
to work knowing that they have stood up for future generations," Unifor
National President Jerry Dias said.
Unifor Local 1075 members ratified a new collective agreement this
morning that maintains the plant's defined benefit pension plan for
current and future members. New hires will contribute 25 cents an hour
to the pension.
"Strong communities are based on good jobs. The Bombardier workers in
Thunder Bay understood that," Dias said.
Unifor Local President Dominic Pasqualino said the three-year deal was
only made possible thanks to the determination of the members.
"The company came to the bargaining table with a long list of
concessions that would hit the next generation of workers very hard,"
Pasqualino said. "This strike was about the future of Thunder Bay, and
standing up for good jobs in our community."
The company had demanded that the defined benefit pension plan be denied
to new hires and that retiree benefits be denied to anyone hired after
Dec. 31, 2010. That cut would hit almost 500 workers at the plant. Both
demands were defeated.
Wages at the plant will remain stable for the first year of the
contract, with raises of 10 cents an hour in each of the two following
years, plus cost of living adjustments.
The 900 members of Unifor Local 1075 have been on strike since July 14,
and last month rejected a "last offer" from the company by 80 per cent
in vote ordered by the Ontario Ministry of Labour after an application
The workers at Bombardier build the new subway and streetcars for the
Toronto Transit Commission, as well as cars for the GO train commuter
train service. The plant got the TTC contract under a Buy Ontario
policy that the union helped secure.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing
more than 305,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when
the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers union merged.
For further information:
please contact Unifor Communications National Representative Stuart Laidlaw at Stuart.Laidlaw@Unifor.org or (cell) 647-385-4054.