TORONTO, July 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor, which represents workers at
Bombardier in Thunder Bay building commuter trains and streetcars, will
be working through the weekend to reach a deal ahead of a strike
deadline Monday afternoon.
"We are prepared to meet around the clock to reach a fair collective
agreement," said Dominic Pasqualino, president of Unifor Local 1075.
The 1,000 workers at the plant are building 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 May 31.
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
demands. The local has set a strike deadline of Monday, July 14 at 2pm.
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:
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.