THUNDER BAY, ON, Aug. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Bombardier workers in Thunder Bay
have stood up for good jobs in Ontario and a secure future for their
community by soundly rejecting a last offer from the company in a vote
supervised by the Ministry of Labour today.
"These workers have shown incredible resolve and determination in their
struggle to maintain good jobs for today and for future generations,"
Unifor National President Jerry Dias said.
"These results send a clear message to Bombardier that the membership of
this union supports its bargaining team, which has consistently told
the company that it cannot accept the demanded concessions."
Members of Unifor Local 1075, on strike since July 14 in the face of
company demands for concessions that would have hit all workers and
retirees enrolled in the company's benefit plan, have rejected the
company's last offer by a vote of 80 per cent.
The vote held today was ordered by the Ministry of Labour after an
application from Bombardier. The company is allowed to make one such
application during each round of bargaining.
The current defined benefit pension plan would have been denied to new
hires, and 500 members at the plant would have been denied their right
to retirement benefits. In addition, if accepted, the offer would have
meant the outsourcing of several jobs at the plant.
Dias called for Bombardier to listen to the very clear message sent with
today's vote, and return to the bargaining table to work out an
acceptable collective agreement.
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 Local President Dominic Pasqualino said he is proud that workers
at the plant resisted intense company pressure and scare tactics.
"Bombardier has tried to divide us, but all it has done it to make us
stronger in our determination to stand up for good jobs in our
community," Pasqualino said.
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 Director Sarah Blackstock at Sarah.Blackstock@Unifor.org or (cell) 416-949-1072, or Unifor Communications National Representative Stuart Laidlaw at Stuart.Laidlaw@Unifor.org or (cell) 647-385-4054.