TORONTO, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - Within the next three years Bombardier will be
able to offshore all work from its aerospace complex in Toronto, threatening
the future of Canada's oldest and most renowned factories and devastating the
Downsview community. This would be the most significant plant closure Toronto
has seen in years.
Just in time for Labour Day, CAW Locals 112 and 673 are launching a
campaign to keep Bombardier aerospace jobs in Toronto and ensure that
investment dollars are put back into the Downsview facility.
What: Press conference - official launch of CAW Local 112 & 673
campaign to protect Bombardier aerospace jobs
When: 10 a.m. Thursday August 30, 2007
Where: 875 Wilson Avenue (in the "Pro-Bowl" parking lot) just East
of the Bombardier Downsview facility
Who: Local CAW leadership representing Bombardier workers as
well as community and labour representatives
Participants: Roland Kiehne, President, CAW Local 112
Maria Augimeri, Toronto City Councillor Ward 9, Aerospace
Action Partnership Chair
Dawn Cartwright, CAW National Aerospace Director
John Cartwright, President, Toronto & York Region District
For nearly 80 years, the Downsview facility has produced some of the most
famous aircraft in the world, including the "Beaver," "Twin Otter," "Buffalo"
and more recently, the top selling "Dash-8" and "Global Express" business
jets, which have established Canada as a world leader in aerospace.
Bombardier has benefited from billions of public investment dollars
funded by Canadian tax-payers for both aerospace and rolling stock operations
- most notably, the $700 million TTC subway car contract that was awarded to
Bombardier in 2006 by the City of Toronto.
Should Bombardier relocate all of its work from the Downsview plant, it
would eliminate 3,000 high-tech manufacturing and office jobs from Toronto,
adding to the over 100,000 manufacturing jobs already lost in the GTA in less
than five years. By 2009, over 400 production and office jobs will have
already left the Toronto facility as the company continues to build operations
overseas in countries like Mexico and India.
For further information:
For further information: Roland Kiehne, President CAW Local 112, (416)
801-1120 or CAW Communications, Angelo DiCaro, (416) 606-6311