Media Advisory - CAW says TTC decision to reissue streetcar bid threatens Canadian jobs

    TORONTO, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - CAW President Buzz Hargrove said that the
Toronto Transit Commission's decision on August 27 to reissue a bid for the
City's lucrative $3 billion low-floor streetcar project is disappointing and
threatens Canadian jobs across the province and throughout the country.
    "The TTC has taken the wrong step by reopening a bidding process that
threatens to move final assembly production of these streetcars to an overseas
supplier that would have otherwise have been completed in Ontario," said
Hargrove. "This work is of tremendous importance to both the Ontario and
Canadian economy."
    In 2007, the TTC established a minimum 25% Canadian-content threshold for
publicly-funded transit purchases, a policy the union believes doesn't go far
enough to ensure maximum benefits to Canada's economy.
    Hargrove said he was encouraged by discussion that took place among
commissioners regarding expanded Canadian-content levels for future projects.
    "It is clear that the Commission understands the importance of strong
Canadian-content levels and we're going to ensure this discussion is brought
to Toronto City Council."
    The Toronto streetcar project was put on hold after the TTC determined
that the lead contender, Montreal-based Bombardier, did not meet certain
technical requirements, prompting them to reopen the bidding process.
    "Our members are more than equipped to meet this project's standards in
order to perform final assembly work at the Thunder Bay facility, and any
technical requirements could have been worked out between city officials and
the company," Hargrove said.

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For further information: Angelo DiCaro, CAW Communications, (cell) (416)

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