TORONTO, July 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Workers at the Bombardier plant in
Thunder Bay began strike action today to stand up for good-paying jobs
"We all need to work together to ensure that good jobs survive in this
province," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias, who is at the
contract negotiations in Thunder Bay.
"Unifor is prepared to stand its ground to ensure the good jobs we
already have are not whittled away."
At issue are company demands for concessions in benefits and pensions. A
three-day strike took place at the plant in 2011 in the face of similar
The 900 workers at the plant, members of Unifor Local 1075, build the
new generation of subway cars and streetcars for the Toronto Transit
Commission, as well as GO Transit trains. They have been in a legal
strike or lockout position since June 10, and without a contract since
No talks are scheduled, and there has been no new offer from the company
since July 12.
Dias said the Bombardier jobs are a good example of the kind of work
needed across the province, providing decent incomes for families now,
future job prospects for young people and decent pensions for workers
to retire with dignity.
"There are many opportunities to create even more good jobs like these
ones," Dias said, noting that many of the parts the Bombardier workers
assemble are imported from Mexico.
"We need to find ways to make those parts, and other products, right
here in Ontario, so more people can have good jobs," Dias said.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing
more than 305,000 workers, including more than 94,000 in manufacturing.
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, or Bombardier National Representative Andy Savela at Andy.Savela@Unifor.org or (cell) 807-251-1977.