THUNDER BAY, ON, July 9, 2017 /CNW/ - Members of Unifor Local 1075 in Thunder Bay have ratified a new three-year collective agreement with the company that ensures continued smooth production of transit vehicles at the facility.
"Unifor members are proud to build transit vehicles for Toronto and other cities, and this new contract is fair to them while helping ensure that smooth production continues," Unifor National President Jerry Dias said.
The new collective agreement includes a seven-day work week for key work stations at the plant and new classifications for Bombardier Academy Trainers.
Unifor Local 1075 President Dominic Pasqualino said such provisions will help with production of vehicles at the plant, including the new streetcars being rolled out by the Toronto Transit Commission.
"We went into these talks with the needs of the transit services we supply at the top of our mind," Pasqualino said. "With this collective agreement, we have taken steps to help the company meet its obligations, while improving job security for our members."
The new collective agreement also includes a general wage increase of 10 cents per hour a year for production workers and 30 cents per hour for skilled trades, as well as pension increases each year and a fold in cost of living allowance. There are also increases to eye glasses and other benefits.
"This contract is fair to all members while meeting the needs of the company and its customers," Pasqualino said.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 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 [email protected] or (cell) 647-385-4054.