TORONTO, Aug. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Members of Unifor Local 1075, on strike
at Bombardier for six weeks in the face of company demands for deep
concessions, will hold a rally outside Thunder Bay City Hall on Monday.
"These workers have stood strong against company demands for
across-the-board concessions that would hurt past, present and future
workers at the plant," Unifor National President Jerry Dias said.
Dias will speak that the 11am rally, taking place the day before a last
offer vote 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.
Also speaking will be Bob Orr, Assistant to the President, and Unifor
Local 1075 President Dominic Pasqualino. The strike at the Bombardier
plant in Thunder Bay, which makes subway and streetcars for the Toronto
Transit Commission and trains for the GO commuter service, began July
What: Rally for striking Bombardier workers
Where: Thunder Bay City Hall, 111 Syndicate Ave S, Thunder Bay, ON
When: Monday, August 25, 11am
Who: Speakers include Unifor National President Jerry Dias, Assistant to the President Bob Orr
and Unifor Local 1075 President Dominic Pasqualino
"Bombardier is a very profitable company with $37 billion on the order
books. But all Bombardier, has done during these contract talks is try
to take money out of the pockets of the workers, and put it into the
pockets of its shareholders," Dias said.
The offer to be voted on Tuesday contains cuts to benefits for current
workers and retirees, while offering a wage increase of less than one
per cent over three years and denying the current defined benefit
pension plan to new hires and retiree benefits to all workers hired
after December 31, 2010. That's almost 500 workers at the 900-worker
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:
For more information, please contact Unifor Communications National Representative Stuart Laidlaw at Stuart.Laidlaw@Unifor.org or (cell) 647-385-4054.